University of Saskatchewan Develops Endoscopy Capsule (Camera Pill) For Horses

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Julia Montgomery, from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, holds up an endoscopy capsule designed for humans but tested on the thoroughbred horse, Mama. The camera in a pill is able to take pictures for nine hours throughout the horse’s abdomen. | William DeKay

Endoscopy capsules are already available for human patients,  and aid in the diagnoses of inflammatory bowel and other conditions.  The capsule is the size and shape of a large pill and contains a tiny wireless camera.  After a patient swallows the capsule, it takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. 

The University of Saskatchewan has developed a prototype capsule for horses based on the capsule already in use for humans.  The capsule will be inserted via stomach tube and will contain lenses that send digital colour images attached to a receiver located in a belt wrapped around the horse’s rib cage.

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Ontario Equestrienne Receives Award For Exemplary Horse Health Care From McKee-Pownall Equine Services

jen-sweetIn an email blast dated October 20, 2016, McKee-Pownall Equine Services announced that they have selected Ontario equestrienne Jen Sweet to receive a welfare award based on her horse-health care philosophy.  We also congratulate Jen for her accomplishments! This is the second of an annual Horse Health and Welfare Award offered by McKee-Pownall.

“This award is valued at $1000 and is based upon:

  • Incorporating veterinary care as part of the overall training routine of horses in their care.
  • Putting the best interests of the horse’s health first over competition and training schedules.
  • Educating their clients about horse health care.

1074 votes were cast in a very close race!

We would also like to acknowledge runners up for this year’s award; Jesse Cassidy-Skof and Claire Hunter as well as all of the trainers nominated for this award.

Here are some words about Jen Sweet from those who nominated her for this award.
Jen is 100% dedicated to the health and well-being of the horses in her care. She has a dedicated daily and annual herd health program that incorporates a holistic healthcare professional approach, including vets, farriers, nutritionists, chiropractors and certified saddle fitters, all ensuring that her horses are well cared for.  Jen has used this approach to rescue and rehabilitate many horses to allow them to return to the equine community.

Jen passes her immeasurable knowledge on to her students and boarders at every opportunity, using the barn mailing list to inform her clients on herd health updates and education opportunities. She offers seminars and clinics to her students and engages the juniors in her barn in horse health clinics and horse care lessons. Jen is very aware of her horse’s behaviours and quickly picks up on problems and will put horse health above ribbons and prizes. She is engaged in a horse’s life from the moment they enter the barn to the moment they leave. She has an amazing ability to care for horses in their advanced years and is always able to make difficult decisions in the end stages with the best interests of the horse in mind, even when it is not easy. 

Presentation of this award to Jen Sweet will be made on the first Saturday evening performance at the Royal Winter Fair Horse Show 2016. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to nominate and vote for these trainers.”

From Equine Guelph: The Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator

shutterstock_268534550Originally published in Equimed, June 2, 2016

“Equine Guelph has named 2016 the Year of Biosecurity.  Find out if there are extra steps your farm could be implementing to help reduce the risk of infectious disease.  With a simple 10 minute survey, the Biosecurity Risk Calculator, sponsored by Vétoquinol Canada Inc., provides a starting point to protecting your horse’s health with easy to implement practices for infectious disease control.”

The calculator is a series of 42 questions in 10 categories and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  The categories are:

  • General Facility
  • Housing Materials
  • Movement of Resident Horses
  • New Horses
  • Vaccination/Deworming
  • Movement of People On/Off The Horse Facility
  • Pest Control
  • Infection Control
  • Sick Horses
  • Isolation

After completing each section you will be able to calculate your score at the end of the exercise.