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
March 25, 2009
According to Belgian researcher Heidi Nollet, DVM, PhD, and colleagues from the Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, University of Gent, transcranial magnetic stimulation of a specific region of the brain called the motor cortex can be Read More
March 24, 2009
After two decades of research, known "risk factors" have been identified for many different types of colic. Being cognizant of factors that make some horses more or less likely to develop colic than others is an important step in reducing the Read More
March 23, 2009
The use of sterile maggots specifically produced for medical industries is not a new procedure, but one that is perhaps not utilized enough, suggested Olivier M. Lepage, DMV, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, from the University of Lyon in France, at the 10th Read More
March 21, 2009
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All of these can infect and cause disease in animals--which is especially noteworthy when you consider that more than 70% of infectious diseases of domestic animals and wildlife can also infect humans. Read More
March 19, 2009
The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian Read More
March 15, 2009
Nanomedicine--the use of small-molecule therapeutic drugs--is a rapidly expanding field in human medicine and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.
According to Paul Debbage, PhD, Read More
March 12, 2009
Being able to tell the difference between a mild lameness and subtle spinal ataxia is an important, yet challenging, endeavor in equine practice. Ohio State researchers recently reported that kinetic gait analysis--the computer Read More
March 03, 2009
Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb. Read More
February 28, 2009
Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.
Sweating is the primary mean Read More
February 26, 2009
Move over, Bute. In a new independent study, researchers at Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center concluded that diclofenac liposomal cream (1% diclofenac sodium, trade name Surpass) is safer and more Read More
February 23, 2009
To evaluate the effect of PSGAG and HA on clinical signs and various other measures of osteoarthritis, researchers utilized 24 horses with a similar degree of osteoarthritis in one carpal joint. Read More
February 22, 2009
Due to the high number of work-related serious injuries incurred by equine practitioners, Australian researchers are urging vets to identify and utilize improved safe handling practices.
"It is known that large animal veterinarians have a Read More
February 21, 2009
Researchers have recently cautioned horse owners currently treating horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's syndrome) that the compounded form of the drug pergolide mesylate can become Read More
February 19, 2009
Direct application of carboxymethylcellulose (CBMC) to the small intestines and surrounding tissues of horses during colic surgery for small intestinal disease improves postoperative survival. Read More
February 14, 2009
In an attempt to quiet the fluttering of horses' hearts caused by atrial fibrillation, researchers in Belgium found that a human medication does not restore a normal cardiac rhythm, despite reaching therapeutic levels. Read More
February 11, 2009
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
February 09, 2009
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
February 01, 2009
A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals. Read More
February 01, 2009
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
January 28, 2009
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
January 26, 2009
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
January 03, 2009
January 01, 2009
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
December 29, 2008
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
December 28, 2008
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