Recent News for Western Veterinary Therapies

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Core Training Exercise Guidelines

May 18, 2009

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up--for example, in horses that are recovering from injury--because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS,... Read More

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Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Tendonitis in Cornell Study

April 25, 2009

Horses faced with career-ending tendon injuries might possess the power to heal themselves.

According to Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues from Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to effectively treat horses... Read More

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VetCell's Stem Cell Technique to Undergo Human Trials

April 18, 2009

VetCell Bioscience's pioneering stem cell technique, which is used to return injured horses to top levels of performance, will be tested in human medicine. The trials will be conducted by VetCell's parent company MedCell Bioscience Ltd under the... Read More

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Shock Wave: No Analgesic Effect Found in Study

April 13, 2009

Shock wave therapy is widely used to treat proximal suspensory desmitis by inducing the release of cytokines.... Read More

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Shock Wave a Valid Treatment for Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

April 10, 2009

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) significantly reduces lameness in horses with osteoarthritis, but it does not alter the course of disease, reported researchers from the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University.... Read More

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EHV, Botulism, Stem Cell Among New Grayson-Jockey Club Projects

March 13, 2009

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will fund 17 projects in 2009. Additionally, the group announced today that Paul Lunn, MRCVS, BVSc, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, of Colorado State University has been elected to succeed Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl.... Read More

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Stem Cell Research to Provide New Equine Lameness Therapies

March 01, 2009

ViaGen, Inc. is partnering with the Monash Institute of Melbourne, Australia, to harness equine stem cells to repair tendon, ligament, cartilage, and bone damage in horses.

Dr. Paul Verma of the Monash Institute of Medical Research is... Read More

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New Surgery for Deep Corneal Abscesses

December 27, 2008

A new surgical technique for managing deep corneal abscesses in horses is effective and cosmetically pleasing.... Read More

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Fracture Recovery: A Stem Cell Case Study

November 26, 2008

Because of the severity of the fracture, a decision was made to use stem cells to enhance fracture healing. Bone marrow was taken from her sternum and submitted to the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Laboratory for expansion of stem cells 12 days ... Read More

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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in Horses

November 21, 2008

Regenerative medicine technology in humans and animals is advancing at a much faster pace than most of us realize. It has offered hope to thousands of humans suffering from diseases and injuries that destroy or damage vital cells. In animals,... Read More

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Stem Cells for Tendon Repair

November 20, 2008

Findings from the RVC indicate that stem cell therapy for superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injury can significantly reduce the rate of re-injury over a three year period compared to conventionally treated horses.... Read More

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Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy Effective in Equine Tendon Study

September 29, 2008

While not nearly as controversial as research involving embryonic-derived stem cells in human medicine, the veterinary world is certainly divided on the clinical benefits, or lack thereof, of bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy for tendon... Read More

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

August 01, 2008

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

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Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More

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Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More

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The State of Stem Cell Therapy

March 22, 2008

Stem cell therapy has received a good deal of attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. It holds theoretical promise for treating conditions ranging from traumatic tendon and cartilage injury to liver failure, Parkinson's... Read More

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Pretty as a Picture After 'Wry Nose' Surgery

February 14, 2008

Researchers modified a surgical technique to correct wry nose (an abnormal nasal deviation) in a horse.... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Ontario Vet College Now Offering Stem Cell Therapy

January 23, 2008

Clinicians and researchers at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) have teamed up to offer stem cell therapy to repair injured tendons and ligaments in horses.

The move provides clients with a new treatment option for... Read More

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Synovitis

November 01, 2007


Good synovial health is essential for proper joint function.

A horse's joints are subjected to stresses, pressures, and cyclic trauma every day of the animal's life. The greatest stres... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Contender a Stem Cell Success Story

October 24, 2007

The day after winning a big stakes race in 2005, Greg's Gold turned up in his barn with a bowed tendon--the kind of injury that depresses owners and puts expensive Thoroughbreds out to pasture forever.

Not this time.

Using stem cells... Read More

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Equine Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Isolated; Suitable for Variety of Uses

September 22, 2007

Stem cells have been isolated successfully from the equine umbilical cord. Once collected, these cells (referred to as umbilical cord matrix cells) can then be preserved frozen, cultured, and differentiated into a host of cell lines,... Read More

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Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

July 11, 2007

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on... Read More

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Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but his back has dropped.... Read More

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Vet-Stem CEO to Deliver Equine Orthopedic Injury Lecture at World Stem Cell Congress

February 11, 2007

Robert J. Harman, DVM, MPVM, chief executive officer of Vet-Stem, will present a key lecture at the 2007 World Stem Cell Congress in La Jolla, Calif. on Feb. 12. His presentation will cover Vet-Stem's clinical successes treating orthopedic... Read More