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Obesity, insulin and laminitis: How exercise can help
New research led by Dr Nicholas Bamford shows that regular low‐intensity exercise provides additional health benefits for the prevention of laminitis.
Upper airway abnormality diagnosed by treadmill endoscopy
The U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre has the expertise to investigate and manage poor performance, including various respiratory and cardiac issues.
Foaling Season Tips
Foaling season is now in full swing and many of us are smiling as we watch happy healthy foals bouncing around the paddocks! Sadly not every foaling will go to plan and we have already had a number of sick foals in our hospital.
Alexis and her miracle foal
Alexis was brought into U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre at about 305 days pregnant. She was quiet, not eating and had been dripping milk for the past few days. Her vet performed some blood tests and had diagnosed her with hyperlipaemia.
The role of viruses in respiratory disease and poor performance
Respiratory disease is the second most common cause of lost training days after lameness for racehorses. Both infectious (i.e., caused by viruses or bacteria) and non-infectious respiratory diseases occur commonly in young horses entering training stables for the first time and both can be important causes of poor performance.
Dr Andrew McLean is widely considered one of the leading academic experts on horse training.
Foaling season: A successful outcome from an emergency situation
During the foaling process, there is a short window of time in which the foal needs to be delivered and begin breathing on its own. When this doesn't occur such as this case with Top Classic, an emergency caesarean section is required.
The Role of Veterinary Specialists and Referral Equine Hospitals
Like specialists in human medicine, veterinary specialists have extensive experience and expertise in a relatively narrow aspect of veterinary medicine. As such, specialists in equine surgery or medicine are often able to provide services that might be beyond what is possible in general ambulatory practice.
Delta Safari’s successful treatment of atrial fibrillation with TVEC
Delta Safari has been successfully treated with transvenous electrocardioversion (TVEC), an alternative treatment for atrial fibrillation at U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre.
New research on snake envenomation of horses
A new research project led by University of Melbourne equine medicine researcher Dr Nick Bamford has been published. It’s the first in which scientists looked at the clinical signs of elapid snake envenomation (tiger snakes, taipan) in a large population of horses.
New equine scintigraphy system (bone scanning)
U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre has invested in an exciting new scintigraphy system designed specifically for horses to enhance the overall bone scanning experience for patients and veterinarians.
Dr Charles El-Hage on horses during Spring - ABC Radio Melbourne
Listen to lecturer in Large Animal Medicine Dr Charles El-Hage from the University of Melbourne speak with Hilary Harper on the ABC Radio Melbourne on what to watch out for in horses and ponies, particularly during Spring. Charlie discusses horse diets, dental health and equine evolution, and answers some interesting questions from callers relating to laminitis, whether chamomile helps horses with anxiety and whether and when to muzzle.
Resident vet Poppy volunteers in Mongol Derby
Poppy McGeown is an Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident at the U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre studying a specialisation course to deal with finely tuned athletes and try to assist them in optimising performance on a daily basis.
Endocrinopathic Laminitis With Dr Simon Bailey
Dr Simon Bailey is a world-leading researcher who has devoted his professional career to examining endocrinopathic laminitis, a common, but potentially devastating, disease.
Predicting how bone adapts under different racehorse training loads
Most trainers know that a horse’s skeleton needs to be adapted to high speed exercise in order to reduce the risk of limb injuries, but there is limited data on how long it takes for bone to adapt to changes in exercise intensity throughout a racehorse’s training program.
What are the biggest risk factors for injury in thoroughbred racing?
Dr Peta Lee Hitchens recently discussed her new paper, which analysed almost 300 risk factors in flat racing to determine those most likely to lead to a catastrophic injury on the track.
The power of collaboration for improving racing safety
Dr Peta Lee Hitchens, epidemiologist and Research Fellow in the Equine Orthopaedic Research Group at the University of Melbourne, spoke with The Horse about how the power of collaboration can improve racing safety and welfare.
Injury Prevention Research for Racehorses
Having one of the best safety records world racing, Victoria’s horse racing industry is still striving to improve.
Oscar's road to recovery
Oscar presented to the U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre for a musculoskeletal injury to the left forelimb. To provide Oscar with an optimal healing environment, a therapeutic shoeing plan was made with the consideration of the biomechanics of the limb and the conformation of the foot.
Swelling in horses: tendon injuries
Swelling is one of the cardinal signs of inflammation, along with heat and pain. Careful observation of the horse at work followed by thorough palpation of all limbs immediately post exercise and post cooling down is vital to the early detection of swelling.