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

Joint Injections: Pros and Cons

Joint injections can safely localize lameness or medicate a joint, but they might cause complications. Read More

Shedding Light on Night Blindness in Appaloosas

Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in Appaloosas has been linked to the leopard complex spotting in these horses. But how are these two apparently independent genetic Read More

Aligning Training with Horse Behavior

Along with researching drugs, treatments, and techniques to keep your horse healthy, equine researchers are discovering how handling and training methods can be brought more in line with horses' natural behaviors and instincts for a more harmonious Read More

Valacyclovir Dosage Recommendations for EHV Released

Oklahoma researchers interested in limiting equine herpesvirus (EHV) disease outbreaks have established specific dosing recommendations for the antiviral agent valacyclovir. The drug appears to be effective in preventing or minimizing clinical Read More

Aging Horses by their…Telomeres?

To guess a horse's age you can look at his teeth ... or the length of his telomeres and his immune system function, according to researchers with the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.

Scientists studying the Read More

Focus on Equine Genetics: the Ol' Gray Mare

For more than 100 years, equine researchers have been examining why gray horses that are losing hair pigmentation are often concurrently affected by melanomas—tumors characterized by a massive production of the pigment melanin.

According Read More

Splitting Hairs: New Drug Test Uses Hair, Not Urine

German researcher Patricia Anielski is raising the bar when it comes to drug testing in horses. Anabolic steroids such as testosterone propionate can be detected in hair samples to identify current and even previous abuse of the substance. Read More

Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries: The Fat is Phat

Stem cell research has shown that adult stem cells can be safely and easily harvested from fat deposits in a horse and used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal diseases. These cells are capable of becoming bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon cells. Read More

Learning Lawsonia's Habits: High Exposure Rates, Low Morbidity

It appears most young foals born on farms with endemic Lawsonia intracellularis could be protected from equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), a spreading intestinal disease caused by the bacterium, provided they ingest colostrum containing Read More

Sarcoid-Causing Virus Harbored by Circulating Blood Cells

Aggressive research efforts to discover how the sarcoid-causing bovine papillomaviruses (BPV) are spread either within or between horses have resulted in the identification of BPV genetic material (DNA) in circulating blood cells. Read More

Experimental Drug Research Provides Promising Results

Endotoxemia. Septic shock. Intestinal ischemia. What do all these ailments have in common? Based on recent studies, some researchers think an investigational drug called pirfenidone might be a treatment option for all three.

"Pirfenidone, Read More

Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of Read More

Study: Positive Reinforcement Aids Equine Training

In a preliminary study on equine training, Michigan State researchers found that while adding positive reinforcement did not make horses learn a frightening task faster than horses that were handled using only traditional negative Read More

Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction. Read More

ACVIM Forum: 10 Years of Infection Control

After 10 years as Director of Biosecurity at Colorado State's large animal hospital, Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, recently relayed some of the key lessons he and his colleagues have learned while developing the school's biosecurity Read More

Sarcoids Beware: Electrochemotherapy in Horses 'Highly Effective'

In an effort to find a cure for sarcoids, common skin tumors in horses, a group of researchers have spent the past 15 years developing electrochemotherapy (ECT)--a treatment modality that uses a combination of chemotherapeutic drug administratio Read More

Mysteries of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Shedding

While it's widely hypothesized that horses shed equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) during times of stress and illness, researchers on a new study say that critically ill horses with acute gastrointestinal disease (colic or colitis) in a veterinary hospital Read More

Rapid and Reliable Test for Diarrhea-Causing Toxin Identified

Toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can cause diarrhea in adult horses and foals. The high economic impact associated with treatment costs, considerable animal losses to disease associated with mortality and Read More

Radiation Therapy for Equine Cancer Patients

While radiation therapy might seem like an unrealistic option for managing horses with cancer, Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, Dipl. ACVIM, from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine suggests the opposite. She attests Read More

Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite Read More

CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the Read More

Understanding and Preventing Catastrophic Injuries

Following the euthanasia of filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter mile after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to Read More

Researcher Cautions Against High Doses of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most commonly supplemented antioxidant in horses. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is also currently employed in the routine treatment of horses with neurological diseases (affecting the brain and spinal cord).

In response Read More

Link Between Facial Hair Whorls and Horse 'Handedness' Reported

Irish researchers identified a unique link between equine motor laterality, or "handedness," and specific characteristics of facial hair whorls (trichoglyphs): right-handed horses had significantly more clockwise whorls whereas whorls were more Read More

Parasiticidal Resistance Reported in New Study

Kentucky researchers report that roundworms and small strongyles, two common equine intestinal parasites, are developing resistance against most of the commercially available worming products. What's worse, no new drugs against either of these Read More