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Are you a concerned draft horse owner, or maybe just a person who admires the majesty of these gentle giants? Would you like to help in the international effort to find a cure for the devastating disease of Chronic Progressive Lymphedema? You can help in the following way:

  • A financial donation can be made to support the research taking place at the Center for Equine Health. Donations of any amount will help.

    To donate by mail, please download and print a Center for Equine Health brochure which contains a contribution form. Please make checks payable to UC Regents and state your gift is for the Draft Horse Research studies.
    Send donations to:
  • Center for Equine Health
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of California
    One Shields Ave.
    Davis, CA

  • Current studies are mostly focusing on the genetic factors possibly involved in CPL and the possible improvement of the clinical management of affected horses. The genetic studies require fresh blood samples. We collect blood samples from horses with confirmed CPL as well as from middle-aged to older draft horses (Shires, Clydesdales or Belgians) which are clinically free from the diseases.

    If you have an affected horse and are interested in supporting this research, please contact Amy Young at ayoung@ucdavis.edu to get information about submitting a sample.
We thank you all in advance for your willingness to contribute to this worthy endeavor!