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UC Davis Horse Barn 2018 Production Sale

July 12, 2018

The Horse Barn Annual Production Sale was held on Saturday June 23, 2018. A beloved campus tradition, this UC Davis event has taken place in much the same way for the past 25 years, however, this past Saturday was a little different, and definitely more special to a few members in the audience. The 2018 sale marked the first year the Horse Barn has teamed with the Center for Equine Health (CEH) to include CEH-bred yearlings (see page 3 of the Spring 2018 issue of the Horse Report).

Teaching Horse Endowment - Helping Horses Live Long and Healthy Lives

July 12, 2018

Thoroughbred geldings, A Real Siberian and Summer Jam ran a few races during their careers. Although not big winners, they still maintain their strong racehorse work ethic and have gone on to find a new important career path. After retiring, they joined the Thoroughbred herd at the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, where Dr. Heather Knych leads a group of researchers in setting the standard for horse racing health and safety.

Leading the Way in Equine Research

July 12, 2018

Thanks to generous donors, the Center for Equine Health has been able to fund research that advances equine veterinary medicine over the past 45 years. Dr. Sue Stover, professor of veterinary anatomy and director of the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, has conducted a variety of studies that improve racing safety and provide insight into how different surface areas of tracks and arenas impact equine athletes.

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Dr. Symons Honored with Wilson Award

Improving Racing Safety

July 12, 2018

With the Triple Crown being achieved twice in the past four years, horse racing is enjoying more of the spotlight these days. Consequently, drug testing and racing safety have also been brought to the forefront. At UC Davis, a group of horses are setting the standard for horse racing health and safety. Led by Dr. Heather Knych, a group of researchers with the Kenneth L.

Persistence Proves Key to Opportunity

July 11, 2018

One of the missions of the Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis is to provide graduate student training in the study of drug metabolism in racehorses, including Ph.D. candidate Briana Hamamoto. She’s a familiar face to many at the veterinary school, having worked at the Center for Equine Health (CEH) for several years, conducted laminitis research with former Assistant Professor Alonso Guedes, and served as a technician in the hospital’s ICU.

Dr. Symons Honored with Wilson Award

July 11, 2018

Dr. Jen Symons received the 2018 James M. Wilson Award in recognition of her contributions to equine research. As a mechanical and biomedical engineer, she collaborated with Dr. Sue Stover and other researchers on the study ‘Modelling the effect of race surface and racehorse limb parameters on in silico fetlock motion and propensity for injury.’

Celebrating the 2018 El Blanco Award Recipients

June 28, 2018

In May, the school was pleased to announce that Tom and Julie Atwood, longtime hospital clients and supporters of the school, received the 2018 El Blanco Award. Their important partnership has included supporting equine research, promoting disaster response preparedness, and hosting events to benefit the school and build philanthropic support for equine health. Read more

California Wildfires: Lessons Learned, Smoke Inhalations Risks

June 18, 2018

Last year brought devastating wildfires to both Northern and Southern California. Thousands of horses and other animals were affected throughout the state, and UC Davis was there to assist on many levels. Veterinarians, staff, and students spent countless hours in fire zones and on-campus rescuing and caring for victims of burns and smoke inhalation.  

Wildfire First Responders

CEH Director of Community Outreach Dr. Claudia Sonder escorts a mini horse to safety during the Napa area fires of 2017.

Anna Dahlgren awarded the Louis R. Rowan Fellowship

April 06, 2018

The Center for Equine Health is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Anna Dahlgren has been awarded the Louis R. Rowan Fellowship by the California Thoroughbred Foundation.  Anna is working with Drs. Fern Tablin and Carrie Finno in the UC Davis Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate group to analyze the underlying genetic basis of Atypical Equine Thrombasthenia (AET).  This heritable platelet dysfunction affects one in every 150 Thoroughbreds and causes epistaxis (i.e. nosebleeds) and prolonged bleeding from injury.

UC Davis Announces First In Vitro Equine Pregnancy

March 05, 2018
UPDATE: Announcing the birth of the first UC Davis ICSI foal! We welcomed a filly on the night of February 23. Mom and foal are doing well.

UC Davis moved one step closer to providing total equine reproductive health care with the recent news that a 6-year-old Oldenburg mare is pregnant. The surrogate is carrying a foal produced with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a unique in-vitro fertilization process.

A Magical Duo

February 13, 2018

When Delegada X (DeeDee) arrived at the Center for Equine Health in December from Belgium on her way to her new home in California, she appeared to be an ordinary white horse staying a couple weeks in the quarantine facility. In truth, DeeDee is something of a miracle worker, credited with saving the life of her young owner, Beatrice (Bea) de Lavalette. This is their story, told with the help of Bea’s mom, Elizabeth.

Vaccination for "Lawsonia Disease"

February 13, 2018

Foal season will soon be upon us, and the timely subject of an age-specific equine disease should be on the minds of all breeders and foal owners. Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is a transmissible intestinal disease caused by the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis (LI), commonly known as “Lawsonia disease.” EPE usually affects horses under 1 year of age, and while it only affects approximately 10 percent of foals, the consequences well exceed the cost of vaccinating. 

Dr. Carrie Finno's Vision for the Center for Equine Health

February 13, 2018

Dr. Carrie Finno was appointed director of the Center for Equine Health (CEH) beginning July 2017. Having already served as interim director, Finno is familiar with the leadership demands and administrative management duties for the CEH. She oversees the center’s programs and initiatives that advance the health of horses and acts as a liaison between the school and the equine industry in California and nationally.