Recent News for Western Veterinary Therapies
July 20, 2009
A University of Guelph researcher has been awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship worth more than $1 million over three years to advance research on the use of stem cells to treat cartilage injuries in horses.
The fellowship will... Read More
May 29, 2009
Managing wounds located on the distal (lower) limbs of horses is by far one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs of an equine practitioner. Aggressive research efforts have explored tactics to minimize the formation of excessive scar tissu... Read More
May 19, 2009
Focused on providing the latest in stem cell therapies for horses, the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has opened its new Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching... Read More
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
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
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
April 13, 2009
Shock wave therapy is widely used to treat proximal suspensory desmitis by inducing the release of cytokines.... Read More
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
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
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
December 27, 2008
A new surgical technique for managing deep corneal abscesses in horses is effective and cosmetically pleasing.... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 14, 2008
Researchers modified a surgical technique to correct wry nose (an abnormal nasal deviation) in a horse.... Read More
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
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
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
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
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