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

Laryngeal Model Provides Framework For Surgical Advances

To test novel techniques for managing laryngeal hemiplegia, more commonly referred to as "roaring," a research team from Cornell University has created a working model of the equine larynx.

Dysfunction of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve Read More

Head Position Can Impact 'Tie-Forward' Assessment

How the horse's head is positioned for radiographs (X rays) evaluating the efficacy of a tie-forward surgery can have a dramatic impact on the results, researchers from the United Kingdom report.

The laryngeal tie-forward Read More

New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals. Read More

Histology Goes 3-D with Imaging Technique

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology is being optimized by Belgian researchers to create three-dimensional images of a microscopic object--without destroying the object being studied.

"Current methods of Read More

Expedited Fracture Repair: A Novel Approach

Delivering a growth factor in a dissolvable carrier at the site of a bony fracture results in accelerated healing when compared to untreated horses, and it is as effective as treating horses with a bone graft post-fracture, researchers recently repor Read More

Unique Attribute of Equine Uterus Impacts Embryo Transfer

The equine uterine environment plays an integral role in the early developmental stages of pregnancy, even prior to implantation of the embryo, according to British researchers who recently examined the role of the uterus in Read More

Study: Netobimin Might Be an Effective Equine Anthelmintic

As previously reported on TheHorse.com, common equine internal parasites such as roundworms and strong strongyles are developing resistance against most of the Read More

Managing Joint Health

Tips for year-round joint health and management.

No Joint, No Horse. Should this be the new motto for 21st century horses? Joint injury, joint disease secondary to trauma or injury, and osteoarthritis (OA) are major Read More

Dam Wins Battle of the Sexes to Protect Foal

After witnessing a rare (and unsuccessful) infanticide attack by a stallion on a one-hour-old foal, behavior researcher Meeghan Gray, PhD, from the University of Nevada, Reno, reported findings from the macabre event.

"In this first report Read More

Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey Read More

New Surgery for Deep Corneal Abscesses

A new surgical technique for managing deep corneal abscesses in horses is effective and cosmetically pleasing. Read More

Endoscopy-Assisted Dentistry Improves Traditional 'Shot In The Dark'

After investigating the technique in more than 300 horses, Austrian researchers have concluded that endoscopic evaluation of the oral cavity as part of a routine dental examination is a safe and effective means of thoroughly assessin Read More

Different Approach to Assessing Training Adaptation

Dutch researchers report that a different technique for assessing adaptation to training gives a more accurate picture than the usual approach of measuring muscle enzyme levels. In the study, researchers Read More

Fracture Repair Aided by Gelatin 'Microspheres' in Pilot Study

Japanese researchers have discovered that injecting specially designed "microspheres" containing basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) directly into the fetlock joints of horses with defects in their distal cannon bones results in enhanced bone Read More

Physiologic Java Jolt Supports Illegal Status of Caffeine

Not only does caffeine offer a "pick-me-up" to a large chunk of North America's population, but it has once again been confirmed as a performance-enhancing drug in horses.

In the study, "Effects of intravenous Read More

Herb Shown to Reduce Inflammation in Equine Study

Move over glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, there might be a new supplement in town. In a clinical trial involving 74 trotting horses, LitoVet, a rose hip powder manufactured specifically for animals by HybenVital in Denmark, had an Read More

Speed Researcher Says Horses Have Reached their Limit

It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again.

According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached Read More

Diode Laser Treatment for Headshaking a Burning Success

California researchers aren't shy when it comes to managing headshaking in horses. According to a case report published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Jeannine Berger, DVM, Dipl. Read More

Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight Read More

Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither Read More

Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Compression Found

A triad of factors, namely sex, breed, and age, are all associated with the development of cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy (CVCM) according to one of the latest studies published by researchers at the College of Read More

MSM Shows Protective Effect in First Equine Study

In the first peer-reviewed, published study to evaluate the effects of the nutritional supplement methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in horses, Spanish researchers found that MSM exerted a protective effect against the detrimental physiologic changes Read More

Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of Read More

Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious Read More

Researchers Explore Reasons for 'Early' Return of Small Strongyles Following Treatment

Research has shown that small strongyle eggs, apparent in feces, are returning sooner after treating horses with ivermectin (a commonly administered broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug) than when the drug was first marketed. Read More