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Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Equine Practitioners Survey: Cushing's Disease

Conducted by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

chester_full_bodyResearchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are beginning to explore a new treatment methodology for equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) — commonly known as equine Cushing's disease.

As the equine population continues to age, the prevalence of Cushing's disease is likely to increase around the world. While the true prevalence of this disease is unknown, a recent owner survey showed that symptoms of Cushing's disease were reported in 20 to 30 per cent of horses.1, 2

To learn more about the prevalence of Cushing's disease, WCVM equine specialist Dr. James Carmalt has designed an online survey that will be distributed to equine practitioners around the world. Dr. Carmalt and his colleagues at the western Canadian veterinary college will use practitioners' responses from this short, 16-question survey to:

The international equine PPID survey is now closed after operating for one year. Thank you very much to all those practitioners who took the time to complete the survey. If you provided your contact information, a summary of the responses will be sent to you by email when the data has been analyzed.

For more information about this survey, please contact:
Dr. James Carmalt

Professor, Equine Surgery
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: 306-966-6522

About Dr. James Carmalt

Dr. James CarmaltAfter graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1998, Dr. James Carmalt undertook a one-year internship in large animal medicine at the WCVM in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Carmalt spent one year working in a general mixed practice before returning to the WCVM in 2000 for additional training. He completed two back-to-back residencies in equine practice and large animal surgery as well as a Master of Veterinary Science degree (equine dentistry based).

Dr. Carmalt then spent one year in Australia where he worked for an equine specialty practice and exclusively focused on Thoroughbred broodmare/foal surgery. He returned to Canada in 2007 and joined the WCVM's Department of Large Animal Sciences where he is the director of the ACVS large animal surgery residency program.

Dr. Carmalt travels extensively to work in private practices and academic institutions around the globe. He has authored 40 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research findings at more than two dozen international conferences. In 2011, Dr. Carmalt began an equine neurophysiology PhD program at the WCVM and plans to complete his graduate studies by 2016.

1McGowan TW, Hodgson DR, McGowan CM. 2007. "The prevalence of equine Cushing’s syndrome in aged horses." J Vet Int Med. 21: 603. (abstr).
Brosnahan MM, Paradis MR. 2003. "Demographic and clinical characteristics of geriatric horses: 467 cases (1989-1999)." J Am Vet Med Assoc. 223(1); 93-98.