CEH News

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UC Davis, Center for Equine Health Advancing Disaster Preparedness for Horses

What do you do when your companion animals and horses are caught in an accident? Or need to be evacuated because of flood or fire? What do you do when your client calls whose companion animal or horse is trapped?
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Immediately Translating Research Findings to Clinical Application

UC Davis equine clinicians and researchers currently learn a great deal from each other’s disciplines, but rarely work hand-in-hand on horses presented for evaluation of lameness or other gait abnormalities. The future of equine research and care at UC Davis seeks to blend those two worlds into the most up-to-date performance center anywhere in veterinary medicine.
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What is Equine Footing Science?

The J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory team—directed by Dr. Susan Stover, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine—conducts research on footing to improve equine health and injury prevention. Initially focusing on racing safety for racehorses and jockeys, the team also studies arena surface footings for other equine disciplines, such as dressage and jumping.
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How Do You Know if a Horse is Lame?

Some types of lameness are obvious. The horse that is pointing a hoof and barely loading the limb (or displaying a large head lift when the affected limb is loaded) is expressing it needs help. Subtle lamenesses, however, are more difficult to recognize, and early detection and intervention are often key to successful resolution.
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Dr. Carrie Finno

Welcome Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, Interim Director for the Center for Equine Health

Dr. Carrie Finno has been appointed as Interim Director for the Center for Equine Health (CEH) effective December 12, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Dr. Claudia Sonder, who stepped down as CEH Director in November, will continue to serve part-time as Director of Equine Outreach to facilitate donor relations for our equine programs and the Veterinary Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Finno and CEH here.

Rowan Fellowship Award

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The Center for Equine Health is proud to announce that DVM/PHD candidate Jamie White has been awarded the 2016 Rowan Fellowship by the California Thoroughbred Foundation. Jamie is working with a world renowned team, headed by Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou, to bioengineer a cartilage implant that could be utilized to re-surface the equine joint. This work is likely to have significant translational implications for human athletes as well. Read More

Clinical Trial to Research the Healing Power of Horses for Dementia Patients

Healing power of horses for humans

Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops dementia. This disease touches all of us. Until there is a cure, we need more programs that support people living with dementia and their care partners. The UC Davis Center for Equine Health is partnering with the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Connected Horse to continue research in the healing powers of the Human Animal Bond. Click here to read more.

Rescued Clydesdale Fully Recovered Following 20-Foot Fall

Rescued Clydesdale Fully Recovered Following 20-Foot Fall

Meet Daniel the Clydesdale, a great CEH layup care success story. Daniel came to CEH in early July, following a 20-foot tumble down a steep slope into a creek bed in the Bay Area. Following two weeks of emergency and Intensive Care Unit treatments for extensive nerve and spine injuries at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Hospital, Daniel was transferred to CEH for his layup and rehabilitation treatments. Daniel stayed at CEH for nearly three-weeks before he was ready to head home. Read more about Daniel and CEH layup services here...

Laminitis Update

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Laminitis in horses continues to be a significant health problem that can often lead to chronic lameness or premature death. Reported incidence varies from 7-34% of horses, and it has been identified as a top research priority among national research funding organizations and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Consider that the laminae tissues are truly responsible for suspending the horse within the hoof capsule.

Laminitis is a syndrome in horses, with several underlying causes. This makes it difficult to study as there are likely different mechanisms of laminar damage. In addition, many horses suffer from sub-clinical laminitis, which goes undiagnosed over time and adds chronicity to the disease. Read about how CEH is working to enhance early diagnosis here...

Eira Jokela, of Finland, is working at UC Davis Center for Equine Health to complete her master's degree thesis.

Finnish Intern Enhancing Horse Nutrition at the Center for Equine Health

“I sold all of my furniture, left the lease to my apartment, and worked overtime to be able to come here to UC Davis,” explained Eira Jokela, a 27-year-old Equine Nutrition master’s degree intern from Finland, studying at the Center for Equine Health (CEH). 

Jokela has studied animal nutrition since 2009, and has been striving for toward her master’s degree for the last seven-years. Now, only months away from graduating, she has earned what she calls the opportunity of her life, a two-month internship at CEH while she finishes her thesis.

Read about her journey to UC Davis and how her expertise in nutrition is being applied to modify the specialized nutritional needs of CEH's diverse herd, especially in geriatric horses. Read more...

The UC Davis veterinary hospital recently acquired a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, becoming the first veterinary facility in the world to utilize the imaging technology for equine patients

UC Davis Acquires First Equine PET Scanner

The UC Davis veterinary hospital recently acquired a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, becoming the first veterinary facility in the world to utilize the imaging technology for equine patients.

In association with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Equine Health (CEH), the hospital will launch use of the PET scanner in the summer of 2016. The unit has been acquired for research and clinical studies on lameness diagnosis in horses. 

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2016 Pacific Sporthorse Selection Coming Soon

Join Center for Equine Health at the 5th annual Pacific Sporthorse Selection, Saturday, October 15 in Vacaville, CA at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center.  The

The all-day event features a number of activities including, "PSS University," an educational forum on equine related topics, a Gala Evening Charity Fundraiser of wine tasting and entertainment, as well as, a European style auction of quality sporthorses ! 

This event is open to the public and is not be missed! For a glimpse of last year's Pacific Sporthorse Selection, check out the video to the left and then visit the PSS website here.

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Join CEH at the 5th West Coast Equine Reproduction Symposium

The fifth West Coast Equine Reproduction Symposium (WCERS V) will be held from Nov 3-5, 2016 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel in Buellton, CA and Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Los Olivos, CA.

The symposium will provide a two day forum for exchange of timely topics on reproductive management of the problem mare, stallion and foal for the practicing veterinarian and breeder.

On the third day a wet lab will provide hands-on opportunities on ultrasonographic evaluation of scrotal contents, processing semen for cooled transport and handling frozen semen, endocrine case studies and reproductive evaluation of the problem mare.

This meeting is RACE approved for 11 (lectures hours) - 17 (includes lab hours) CE units. Click here for more information.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer of the equine eye and the second most common tumor of the horse overall.

Genetic study on SCC in Haflinger Horse

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer of the equine eye and the second most common tumor of the horse overall.  Ocular SCC can lead to vision loss and even loss of the eye. Haflinger horses are over-represented for this disease and on average are affected at a younger age, making this an important breed to study the genetic component. 

The Center for Equine Health recently supported a study conducted by Dr. Bellone (equine geneticist) and Dr. Lassaline (board certified veterinary ophthalmologist) to determine the role of genetics in SCC in the Haflinger breed. 

As part of an event hosted in April 2016, researchers and their team collected photographs and hair or blood samples from Haflinger breed horses who had been volunteered by their owners. If a suspicious lesion was detected follow up exams were recommended but not be included as part of the study.