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

Urine Test Might Diagnose Young Cryptorchid Horses

A simple, noninvasive urine test to diagnose cryptorchidism in horses that appear to have been castrated has been developed by a group of researchers from the Racing Laboratory at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Male horses that appear or Read More

West Nile Virus Risk Factors Identified

A variety of environmental factors might be related to West Nile virus infections in horses, reported a Florida research team lead by Leslie M.V. Rios, PhD, from the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Read More

Infected Joints' Bacteria Examined in New Study

While many veterinarians have long suspected that infected joints from which bacteria can be cultured result in a poorer outcome than horses from which no bacteria could be cultured, this hypothesis was recently substantiated by a group of Unit Read More

Lameness Exams: Vets Seek Reliable Approach

After identifying a lack of reliability and repeatability in experienced veterinarians' evaluation of lameness, a group of vets have challenged the industry to search for and develop "a more objective and reliable method of lameness evaluation for us Read More

Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis Update

ESPA is a "new" name for an old disease: degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a heritable, debilitating syndrome characterized by "an insidious onset of either bilateral or quadrilateral lameness with no history of trauma or injury," Read More

Aging Horses' Immune Systems Reviewed

Lymphoid cells are found to be weaker in older horses, thus, causing weaker immune systems as they age. Read More

Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed

Insulin resistance has profound consequences for affected horses, yet there are currently no licensed treatment options. Management of the condition is primarily aimed at modifying the affected horse's diet, maintaining a healthy body Read More

Controlling Wild Horse Populations Via Immunocontraception

Immunocontraception is a technique that uses the body's own immune system to prevent pregnancy.

"For almost four decades we have known that antibodies against the membrane of a mammal's unfertilized egg can be used to Read More

Working Horse, Donkey, and Mule Welfare Examined in New Study

Since more than 85% of the world's equids (estimated at 94 million) live in developing countries where they are used for work, and because there are few studies looking at how different types of work affect these animals' welfare Read More

Broodmare Diet Impacts Placenta and Colostrum

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and Read More

Deafness in American Paint Horses Examined

Paint Horses with certain coat patterns and blue eyes are more at risk for deafness than others. Read More

Roaring Improved after Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture--the electrical stimulation of acupuncture points--can be an effective method of controlling laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring), reported researchers performing the technique on horses presented to the Veterinary Medical Center of the Read More

Fracture Repair: The Ups and Downs

Over the past three decades, equine surgeons have become more adept at repairing even the most devastating fractures in horses. Broken bones are no longer a guaranteed death sentence for horses. Read More

New EHV-1 Testing Protocol Indicates Infectious Risk

Not only can DNA-based tests indicate whether or not a horse is infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), these tests can also measure the amount of virus in the horse's nasal secretions.

"Virus isolation has been the Read More

Genetic Testing for Coat Color in Horses Reviewed

One theory explaining this "horse of a different color" phenomenon is that, historically, only a few coat colors might have been appropriate for survival in the wild. For example, horses of a certain color could have been better camouflaged, consider Read More

Equine Piroplasmosis Tests Examined in New Study

Equine piroplasmosis can be difficult to diagnose due to the variable and non-specific clinical signs exhibited by infected horses. Further complicating testing, false positive and false negative results can occur on common Read More

New Treatment for Equine Herpesvirus Tested in Horses

A novel experimental treatment for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) called RNA interference shows promise, but more research is needed before this technology becomes commercially available.

EHV-1 evades the horse's immune Read More

Osteochondrosis: Oral Hyaluronic Acid Study in Spain

An oral hyaluronan product in Spain didn't produce any improvement in horses with osteochondrosis says study. Read More

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