Recent News for Western Veterinary Therapies


KHC Supports Horses Affected by Natural Disasters

May 18, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Council provides a central coordination point for Kentucky equine rescue efforts to support... Read More


Fuel Economy Tips for Horse Owners

May 11, 2011

Crude oil prices continue to remain higher than $100 a barrel in 2011, with resulting gasoline prices reaching $4 per gallon. It is more important than ever to conserve energy and save fuel costs. You can improve your fuel economy--as well as your ... Read More


Oregon Authorities Investigate Horse Shooting

May 04, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Marion County, Ore., are seeking whoever is responsible for fatally shooting a 23-year-old Arabian mare while she grazed in her pasture near Silverton earlier this week. Marion County Sheriff's Department Public ... Read More


Truck Driver Sought in Connection with Oklahoma Highway Incident

April 27, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma are seeking the driver of a truck that was pulling an overloaded horse trailer from which five horses fell onto Interstate 44 in Tulsa County last week. Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy David Long said that on ... Read More


Poll: Readers Would Pay for Shock Wave Therapy

April 26, 2011

Readers of responded to a poll asking, "While most equine insurance companies cover up to three focused shock wave treatments, what would you pay per treatment to heal a horse using shock wave therapy if studies demonstrated improvement... Read More


New York Horse Mutilation Probed

April 20, 2011

State law enforcement authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for cutting off part of a horse's tongue at a farm in Massena, N.Y. Owner Teri Chapin said she discovered the injured Paint mare April 17 when she entered the horse's stall to feed ... Read More


California Horse Dealer Sentenced

April 16, 2011

A California woman who pleaded guilty to misrepresenting horses she offered for sale on equine-related websites will serve 41 months in prison and pay $273,000 in restitution to 88 people who responded to her horse sales advertisements.... Read More


Stem Cell Conference to Highlight Advances in Equine Veterinary Medicine

April 10, 2011

New stem cell research findings from human and veterinary medicine that will likely impact treatment of horses and dogs will be presented June 2-4 during the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association's (NAVRMA) second annual meeting... Read More


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Applications in Horses

April 01, 2011

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an increasingly popular treatment method for equine injuries. During a presentation at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Iowa ... Read More


LSU Researcher Receives Grant for Adult Stem Cell Research

March 30, 2011

Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, has received one of 17 research grants from the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for her project, "Equine Bone Regeneration with ... Read More


UC Davis Banks Foals' Umbilical Cords for Future Stem Cell Treatment

March 11, 2011

Horse owners now have the opportunity to collect umbilical cord tissue immediately after a foal is born and save it as a future source of therapeutic stem cells through the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at University of California, Davis ... Read More


'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

March 07, 2011

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult ... Read More


Shock Wave Therapy Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

February 02, 2011

At the Table Topic session on shock wave therapy during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., attendees briefly discussed equipment--in particular, focused shock wave equipment. Treatment protocols ... Read More


Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More


Sport Horse Practice Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 28, 2011

The Table Topic session on Sport Horse Practice (with a focus on eventers) at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., was well-attended by approximately 100 people. The discussion began ... Read More


Stem Cells Improve Cartilage Repair for Arthritic Horses (AAEP 2010)

December 31, 2010

Osteoarthritis (sometimes called degenerative joint disease) is the most common cause of lameness in horses and currently there is no cure. However, researchers continue to improve available treatment methods. At the 2010 American Association ... Read More


New Stem Cell Technology Offers Promise to Lame and Injured Horses

November 26, 2010

In the not-so-distant future, researchers believe they will be able to genetically modify stem cells to create a "vaccine," so to speak, to treat a large number of musculoskeletal and other disorders in both humans and horses. ... Read More


Combining 'Best' of Two Surgical Techniques for Right Dorsal Colitis

October 10, 2010

A gelding with right dorsal colitis has two surgical techniques to remove a diseased part of his bowel.... Read More


Stem Cell Harvesting Methods Considered

October 01, 2010

There currently is much hype and hope pertaining to stem cell therapy in equine medicine, but not all methods of collecting stem cells are created equal, warn researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal, Canada.... Read More


Embryonic Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries in Horses Examined

September 23, 2010

Stem cell therapy for tendon injuries is used increasingly in clinical practice, yet a number of important hurdles persist that made one group of researchers look at using embryonic stem cells rather than bone marrow-derived stem cells in horses.... Read More


Modified Surgical Technique Helps Male Horses

July 20, 2010

Texas A&M improves a standard procedure to remove part of a horse's penis secondary to damage or disease.... Read More


Auburn to Host Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium

June 17, 2010

The field of animal rehabilitation is rapidly growing and a number of veterinary practices and teaching hospitals now include rehabilitation services. Nationwide and beyond, veterinarians and physical therapists are collaborating to provide rehab... Read More


Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More


Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells Aid Bone Healing

April 25, 2010

Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMDMSCs) can be genetically modified in culture and subsequently used in live horses to enhance healing of bone defects, according to Colorado State University (CSU) researchers.

"BMDM... Read More


Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

March 31, 2010

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do.... Read More