Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

Articles by Erica Larson

Three New Hendra Cases, 19 Total, Confirmed in Australia

Three new cases of hendra virus were confirmed Aug. 17 in New South Wales, bringing the national total to 19. Read More

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Texas Horses

The 2011 mosquito-borne disease season is in full swing as two Texas horses have tested positive for WNV. Read More

Sixth Case of Hendra Virus Diagnosed in New South Wales

A sixth horse tested positive for hendra virus in Australia, bringing the total to 16 confirmed cases. Read More

Colic in Horses: When is Surgery Necessary?

What factors do veterinarians look for when deciding whether to refer a horse to a hospital for colic surgery? Read More

Changes Being Made to England's Grand National Course

Several changes will be made to Aintree Racecourse's steeplechase track prior to the 2012 Grand National. Read More

West Nile Virus Confirmed in California, Nevada Horses

Horses in California and Nevada have tested positive for the sometimes deadly West Nile virus. Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen and Stem Cells in Equine Medicine

Researchers believe hyperbaric oxygen can be a beneficial adjunctive therapy to regenerative medicine. Read More

Australian Hendra Quarantines Being Lifted

The quarantines on Australian facilities that housed hendra-positive horses are slowly being lifted. Read More

Expanding Stem Cells: Finding the Most Efficient Way

Researchers are determining the most efficient way to provide enough stem cells for an effective treatment. Read More

Wobbler Syndrome in Horses: An Overview

Horses affected by wobbler syndrome have sustained spinal cord damage that leads to ataxia (incoordination). Read More

Hay Shortage Hits Texas

As Texas battles extreme drought, horse owners struggle to get their hands on enough hay for their horses. Read More

Neurologic EHV-1: An Overview

The neurologic form of EHV-1 is highly contagious in horses and multiplies within its host very rapidly. Read More

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis: Past and Present

EPM still frustrates horse owners and veterinarians as one of the most common neurologic diseases in horses. Read More

Gastrointestinal Problems in the Foal

Meconium impaction, ulcers, diarrhea, and other GI problems can arise in foals. Read More

2011 Mosquito-Borne Illness Season Heating Up

Horses in two Florida counties have tested positive for EEE and a Georgia horse is WNV-positive. Read More

More Than 140 Ponies Die During Hindu Pilgrimage

Approximately 143 ponies have died while taking part in a Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine. Read More

Tracking Stem Cells in Lower Legs After Injection

Researchers evaluate new tracking and delivery methods of stem cells in horses' lower limbs. Read More

Governments Provide Additional Funding for Hendra Research

Queensland and New South Wales have both committed $3 million for hendra virus research. Read More

Liver Failure in Horses

Horses rarely experience liver failure, but when they do it's important to diagnose and treat them quickly. Read More

Hendra Virus Confirmed in Dog

A dog on one of the hendra virus-affected properties in southern Queensland tested positive for the disease. Read More

Australian Hendra Virus Case Total Continues to Rise

The total number of confirmed hendra virus cases has reached 14, according to Chris Reardon, BVSc(Hons), Read More

Synovial Fluid's Effect on Stem Cells

Fluid caused little reaction in some horses' stem cells but promoted or inhibited growth in others. Read More

Adipose-Derived Stem Cells: A Review

Research indicates adipose tissue is a reliable source from which to collect stem cell aspirates in horses. Read More

Using Nutrition to Prevent and Manage Equine Disease

Adjusting what a horse consumes can help prevent or squelch some equine ailments. Read More

Hendra Virus Still Causing Problems in Australia

Twelve horses in Queensland and New South Wales have tested positive for hendra virus since late June. Read More