WCVM Seeking Healthy Horses for Respiratory Study

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine are seeking healthy, client-owned horses to take part in research on equine respiratory disease, according to a statement on the school's website

"We are interested in studying respiratory diseases, such as heaves, in horses," the statement reads. "Establishing reliable reference ranges for our horse population will be an essential foundation for our future equine health research and a significant contribution to diagnosing and treating equine respiratory disease.

"In order to move this program forward we are looking to recruit client-owned horses for the period of May 2013 through August 2013," the statement says. "Results from these horses will be used to establish normal reference ranges for our local horse population."

According to the website, to participate horses must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be at least 1-year-old;
  • Have no clinical signs of respiratory disease;
  • Have no history of respiratory disease in the last six months;
  • Have no chronic respiratory disease such as heaves; and
  • Have no history of poor performance attributable to respiratory disease.

All study procedures can be performed on the farm and would be free of charge to the owner, the website says.

Interested owners are asked to contact Julia Montgomery, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM at julia.montgomery@usask.ca or Katharina Lohmann, MedVet, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM at k.lohmann@usask.ca for more information.

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