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

Not all Equine Heart Abnormalities are Abnormal

While some equine heart problems can be life- or career-threatening others typically don't impact performance. Read More

Practical Tips for Managing Obese Horses and Ponies

The ideal way to manage an obese horse or pony is to prevent it from becoming obese in the first place. Read More

Equine Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries

Disease control in developing countries must be cost-effective, practical, and acceptable to livestock owners. Read More

Gastric Ulcer Supplements for Horses Evaluated

Researchers noted no significant effects of treating horses with an anti-ulcerogenic supplement. Read More

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can't be ignored, as it negatively impacts both a horse's physiology and his mental health. Read More

The Science Behind Rehab Therapy

In the right hands, these physical therapy methods can help rehabilitate injured horses. Read More

Joint Infection Risk and Other 2011 Sports Medicine Studies

One study evaluated the effects of needle size and clipping hair on debris found in joints after injection. Read More

Pay Homage to War Horses This Veteran's Day

Like many of our own ancestors, horses had no choice when they were called upon to serve in the World Wars. Read More

Neck, Back Mobilization Help Treat Equine Back Pain

Research has shown that performing carrot stretches can strengthen the muscles that stabilize a horse's back. Read More

Leg Weights Help Rehabilitate Hind Limb Gait Issues

Bracelets and leg weights strengthen and activate certain muscles to help improve hind end gait abnormalities. Read More

Researchers Use Models to Learn Why Equine Bodies Break

Using computational modeling, researchers can examine "what if" scenarios related to equine injuries. Read More

The Horse as a Model for Human Research

Equine disease research results could be used to investigate similar health conditions in humans. Read More

Scientist: Score Equine Pain with 'Research Pain Models'

Reliable equine pain models are required for testing the effectiveness of new or existing pain-killing drugs. Read More

Equine Physical Therapy and Electrical Stimulators

Sheila Schils, PhD, discusses electrotherapy's place in physical therapy and the different devices available. Read More

Nutraceuticals to Enhance Stallion Fertility?

Research has shown that some dietary changes have a beneficial effect on semen quality and stallion fertility. Read More

Green-Lipped Mussel Product Beneficial for Horses with OA

A green-lipped mussel-derived product could be useful for combating some signs of osteoarthritis in horses. Read More

Methodologies for Assessing Horses' Quality of Life Needed

Objective methods to help veterinarians address horses' quality of life have yet to be developed. Read More

Mosquito-Killing Laser to Prevent Equine Infectious Disease?

A new product--the mosquito laser--could help protect horses from infectious mosquito-borne diseases. Read More

The Science Behind Acupuncture

Exploring the evidence regarding the use of acupuncture in equine medicine. Read More

Equine Alternative Medicine Gaining Steam in Vet Schools

Alternative medicine coursework in equine veterinary education has increased about 30% in the past decade. Read More

Study: Permanently Avoiding Colic Impossible in Some Horses

Researchers discuss the first case in which surgery to permanently prevent a renosplenic entrapment failed. Read More

Risk Factors for Elimination During Endurance Rides Examined

Researchers examined which factors--such as lameness--prompt endurance horses' elimination from competition. Read More

Study: Pentoxifylline's Effect on Semen Quantity and Quality

Equine semen quality and quantity were not significantly improved with pentoxifylline administration. Read More

Study: Improved Owner Education Needed for Older Horse Care

Some important medical conditions are being overlooked by some owners and caretakers of geriatric horses. Read More

New Method for Collecting Equine Cerebrospinal Fluid Samples

Researchers determined a CSF tap can be performed on the horse's upper neck using ultrasound guidance. Read More