Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — The Autumn 2010 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund, is now online and available in a reader-friendly, digitized format at www.ehrf.usask.ca . This issue of Horse Health Lines includes the following stories:
• "I'm Just a Curious Guy": A profile of Dr. Andy Allen — veterinary pathologist, researcher and "general manager" for equine sarcoid research projects at the WCVM.
• Operation Lipizzaner: When a herd of Croatian Lipizzaner horses were in urgent need of medical supplies, Dr. Pat Haugh (WCVM '82) pitched in to help the famous horses.
• Equi-research @ WCVM: A WCVM research team reports on the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization in western Canadian horses.
• Gastric Ulcers Prevalent in Saskatchewan Racehorses: Researchers find gastric ulcers in the majority of racehorses that participated in a recent WCVM study.
• Tying-up Syndrome — A Primer: WCVM's Dr. Katharina Lohmann talks about clinical signs, diagnoses and treatment of the varying types of exertional rhabdomyolyses.
• Polo for the Ponies: A day of friendly competition on the polo fields yields impressive results for equine research at the WCVM.
Published twice a year, Horse Health Lines includes research updates, donor profiles, horse health management articles and other news related to the veterinary college’s Equine Health Research Fund ( www.ehrf.usask.ca ). With the support of Western Canada’s horse industry, the fund annually invests in equine health research grants, equine fellowships and a summer research program for undergraduate veterinary students at WCVM.
WCVM ( www.wcvm.com ) is a Canadian centre for veterinary education, expertise and research that’s located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Sask. Nearly 450 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the college that annually attracts more than $10 million in veterinary research funding from public and private sources.