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2019 ACVCP/AAVPT Research Award presented to equine pharmacology graduate student Sophie Gretler

January 14, 2020

The American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) recently announced that the 2019 Resident/Graduate Student Research Award was presented to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) master’s degree student Sophie Gretler. The American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP) is a joint sponsor of the award. Gretler is a graduate student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate group, working under the guidance of Dr. Heather Knych at the SVM’s K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

California Thoroughbred Foundation Awards 2019 Louis R. Rowan Fellowship To Sarah Shaffer

December 05, 2019

The California Thoroughbred Foundation recently announced that the 2019 Louis R. Rowan Fellowship has been awarded to Sarah Shaffer. A Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, Shaffer conducts her research in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedics Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Susan Stover.

Novel Surgery Successful For Former Event Horse

September 09, 2019

When Goose, a 20-year-old Thoroughbred gelding known for his goofy personality, came into the UC Davis veterinary hospital for fever and inappetence, his prognosis was grave. He was diagnosed with a stone (ureterolith) in his urinary tract that was obstructing his ureter and causing a kidney infection. Initial attempts to break up the stone using laser lithotripsy were ultimately unsuccessful.

Welcome to our 2019 foals!

June 28, 2019

It has been a busy spring at the Center for Equine Health with the introduction of our 2019 foals! We were pleased to welcome a very handsome chestnut/sorrel Quarter Horse colt in March and a beautiful black Warmblood x Connemara filly in May. (Fun fact: She will eventually be grey.) Both foals are healthy and happy and make every day just a little more joyful. We are already thoroughly enjoying watching them grow and develop their own personalities.

Philanthropy Supports New Approaches to Pain Management for Horses

June 28, 2019

A study is underway at the Center for Equine Health to evaluate a promising new pain reliever in horses with chronic lameness due to joint pain. This effort, led by Dr. Robert Brosnan, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, is supported by a grant from the Equine Tribute and Memorial Fund through the Center for Equine Health. Dr.

Study sheds light on foal gut health from birth to weaning

June 28, 2019

We are all familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat.” In fact, the food that you eat influences the population of microorganisms (bacteria and viruses) in your gut, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota. Research has shown that the composition of gut microbiota changes over time as we age and alterations can influence health, for better or worse. In humans, gut microbiota go through some characteristic changes as we move from birth into our first year of life. A recent study supported by the UC Davis Center for Equine Health, led by Dr.

The grass is greener at the Center for Equine Health

June 28, 2019

Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, is an essential component of equine diets. It helps maintain normal neurological function by limiting the damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. The best natural source of vitamin E for horses is lush green pastures, which are often luxuries for facilities in places like California that have been affected by drought conditions. Horses that do not have access to green grass are often deficient in vitamin E, which makes them vulnerable to certain types of neuromuscular diseases.

27th Annual UC Davis Horse Barn Production Sale

June 28, 2019

The UC Davis Horse Barn Annual Production Sale: The Proof is in the Progeny took place on June 22, 2019 at the Animal Science Horse Barn. An event steeped in history and tradition, this year marked the 27th year of the sale, and the second year that the Center for Equine Health (CEH) partnered with the Horse Barn to include CEH-bred yearlings in the sale catalog.

UC Davis Center for Equine Health Emeritus Director Dr. Gregory Ferraro appointed to California Horse Racing Board

June 27, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the appointment of Dr. Gregory Ferraro to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). Dr. Ferraro was the director of the University of California, Davis Center for Equine Health from 1997 to 2011 and associate director of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital from 2011 to 2014. A well-known surgeon and Thoroughbred racehorse specialist who earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr.

UC Davis Adds Varsity Equestrian Team

February 01, 2019

The Center for Equine Health is excited to be part of the veterinary team that will assist with the care of horses used for the latest varsity sport at UC Davis – women’s equestrian. Considered an emerging sport by the NCAA, the UC Davis equestrian team will compete nationally under the governance of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association against other large public schools like Fresno State, Georgia, and Texas A&M.

Paying it Forward

February 01, 2019

Special needs horses find a loving and forever home at Tracy Acres Equine Sanctuary, located in Vacaville, California. Dean and Denise Tracy, who fulfilled their dreams by establishing their sanctuary, rescue horses that often have come from a life of abuse and neglect. Most have arrived in poor condition—some blind, others starved with ribs protruding, while still others with complex medical conditions.

Endless Aggie Adventures – Kentucky Derby

February 01, 2019

Please join Dr. Finno as she hosts an exclusive Kentucky Derby experience in Lexington, May 1-5, 2019. Enjoy downtown accommodations in the horse capital of the world at the Hyatt Regency Lexington while exploring what makes the Run for the Roses a truly special event— including Dawn at the Downs, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, working horse farm tours, Keeneland race track, and more! Sit front and center for all the excitement on Derby Day, take in the sights, grandeur (and hats!!) at Churchill Downs.

Recent CEH-Supported Publications

January 16, 2019

The Center for Equine Health has access to the largest group of equine specialists and researchers available anywhere. Our expertise spans the breadth of clinical and basic science disciplines that apply to the horse. We help to provide support for research projects that contribute to veterinary and scientific advances in equine health and performance and work to make the resulting information available to members of the equine and veterinary communities.

Layup and Boarding Services at the Center for Equine Health

January 16, 2019

The UC Davis Center for Equine Health (CEH) is proud to offer layup boarding with individualized care for horses recovering from illness, injury, surgery, or other procedures requiring time for healing and rehabilitation. High quality care during this period significantly impacts successful recovery outcomes.

CEH Horse of the Month

January 15, 2019

The true equine ambassadors at the Center for Equine Health are the 180 teaching herd horses that call the center home and contribute to research, teaching and outreach in many different ways. These amazing animals are our partners in research projects, help train veterinary students and residents, undergraduates and graduate students, and participate in outreach projects such as our collaboration with the Connected Horse Dementia Project. Some were born here, whereas others have come to us through donations.