Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she's worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

Articles by Stacey Oke

Old Horse Colicking? Consider Surgery a Viable Option

Geriatric horses have lower survival rates than younger horses following exploratory colic surgery. Read More

Study: Horse Manure Storage Conditions Impact Fecal Egg Counts

Environmental conditions during collection and storage of equine fecal samples impact the resulting fecal egg counts (FECs), report parasitologists from both Denmark and the United States.

"Due to the concern regarding Read More

Guttural Pouch Anatomy, Problems Reviewed for World Equine Vets

Guttural pouches are more than just ill-defined air-filled vats located somewhere in the horse's head, said Julie Fjeldborg, DVM, PhD, an associate professor in the department of large animal sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Read More

Late Term Abortion in Mares Reviewed for World Equine Veterinarians

Failure to conceive and early embryonic death both negatively impact the equine breeding industry; however, late-term abortions also occur and should not be ignored, said Michelle M. LeBlanc, DMV, Dipl. ACT, from Rood & Riddle Equine Read More

Tendon Sheaths as a Source of Lameness in Horses

Tendons can be an important source of lameness in athletic horses, but issues with the tendon's sheath--the thin connective tissue wrapped around the tendons, containing synovial fluid--shouldn't be overlooked as another potential Read More

Horse Sleep Disorders and Seizures Reviewed for Equine Vets

If you have ever witnessed a horse having a so-called "episodic event," you aren't likely to soon forget it, particularly if the event occurred while the horse was under saddle. Episodic events are defined here as unusual or Read More

Tendon and Ligament Injuries

Tendon and ligament injuries are notoriously difficult to treat. Are new therapies realistic treatment option Read More

Genetic Diseases in Horses Reviewed for World Equine Vets

While genetic diseases exist in a number of horse breeds, many researchers have focused expressly on issues occurring in the Quarter Horse breed. Thanks to their efforts, genetic tests for several disorders specific to this breed are now Read More

Management of Horses with Diarrhea Reviewed for World Equine Vets

Bacteria such as Salmonella or Clostridium can wreak havoc on a horse's gastrointestinal tract, causing massive losses of water, electrolytes, and proteins. The result? Diarrhea. A smelly, watery, life-threatening Read More

Foal Exercise Might Prevent Future Bone Injuries

Tailored exercise programs involving habitual low-intensity loading during early development could reduce the prevalence of osteochondral injury later in life, said a group of veterinary orthopedic researchers.

According to the researchers, Read More

Racehorse Researchers Could Learn from Dairy Industry, Scientist Says

Horses are cows, said veterinary researcher N. Edward Robinson, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS, Matilda R. Wilson Chair in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University.

Well, what Robinson actually said was that the "racehorse and moder Read More

Remember Seasonal Variation in Cushing's Testing

Keep season in mind when testing for Cushing's disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID). Read More

Model for Studying EHV-1 Neurologic Disease Successfully Established

In contrast to a recently published study on EHV-1, the late George Allen, PhD, a University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center scientist, described a model to study Read More

Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders Evaluated in Detail

What do you get when you "scope" 1,005 horses after 230 races, each within 24 minutes of the race, with the cooperation of 97 trainers over 28 race meets? A great deal of valuable data about the equine throat and the impact disorders of the Read More

Prevent Weight Gain to Minimize Metabolic Changes in Horses

Weight gain and obesity in horses should be avoided to prevent insulin resistance, increased insulin and leptin blood levels, and laminitis, and to maintain a healthy metabolic state. To date, "it is unknown whether obesity is the primary Read More

Equine Recurrent Uveitis Biomarker Research a Real Eye Opener

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is the most common cause of blindness in horses and is believed to affect approximately 10% of the equine population. The exact cause of ERU remains unclear, although researchers have shown that recurrent bout Read More

Osteoarthritis: Turmeric Spice Might Provide Natural Remedy

Curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, is a natural product with potent anti-inflammatory properties that also exerts beneficial effects on cartilage metabolism. Scientists believe curcumin inhibits degradative enzymes such as Read More

Study: Throat Anatomy Differs in DDSP Horses

Horses with persistent dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), an important performance-limiting abnormality of the upper respiratory tract, have a different anatomic location of the larynx than horses with only intermittent DDSP, report Read More

Study: Horses' Diets Affect Gastrointestinal Bacteria

Horses fed a diet of only forage have greater bacterial stability and fewer "bad" fecal bacteria, such as Streptococcus spp, than horses that are also fed concentrates. This finding, reported by a group of Swedish researchers, Read More

Researchers Describe New Equine Respiratory Condition

The bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia can be associated with chronic lower airway disease in horses, reports a group of Danish researchers.

S. maltophilia is a Gram-negative bacterium that is causing disease more Read More

Compost Horse Manure Appropriately to Reduce Disease Spread

Horse manure needs to be 'cooked' for a specific length of time and at high enough temperatures to result in sufficient reductions in viability of roundworm (Parascaris equorum) eggs and Rhodococcus equi populations, report Read More

Diagnosing & Managing Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders

Vets armed with accurate diagnoses and targeted surgical procedures can help horses with respiratory problems. Read More

Managing Airway Disease

Can you adequately treat your horse's inflammatory airway disease if you have little control over his environment and face strict drug withdrawal times? Researchers have proven that anomalies of the equine uppe Read More

Study: Single EHV-1 Mutation Can Cause Lethal Neurologic Disease

A single mutation in the genome of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was "necessary and sufficient" to cause neurologic disease in horses in a new study, reported Cornell University researchers.

All strains of EHV-1 can cause respiratory disease Read More

EHV-1 Neurologic Disease a Challenge for Researchers

Despite the remarkable advances in understanding neurologic disease in horses, including the identification of the single genetic mutation that gives rise to the neuropathogenic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1), virologists continue to Read More