Innovative ‘HoofSearch’ Links Subscribers To Hoof And Lameness Research

by | 08.02.2019 | 10:54am

“Is there a new study on mismatched feet in warmbloods?”

“What does the very latest research on support limb laminitis say?”

“Didn't I hear that someone just published a new hoof wall biopsy technique? I went online, but I couldn't find it…”

Equine veterinary professionals, researchers, and students now have a helping hand to keep up with research. They can come out from behind their towering stacks of unread journals, delete all their outdated content alert emails, and forget being intimidated by the protocols on database sites.

HoofSearch–the intersection of the hoof and research–is a monthly guide that indexes new peer-reviewed research, academic papers, conference proceedings, and patents covering hoof science, equine lameness, biomechanics, diagnostic imaging and related topics like equine metabolic syndrome, arena footing and track surfaces, and racing, breed and sport-specific lameness all in one interactive document, available 24/7 across all of a subscriber's web-connected devices.

Kentucky's Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital's Podiatry Clinic was an early adopter and signed up all the staff vets. The hospital's Scott Morrison, DVM said, “We all have HoofSearch available on our phones and laptops. We use it to keep up to date on all the developments in our field; it really is a great resource for all of us.”

Each month, around 100 linked HoofSearch listings from 20 or more countries connect registered users to all points of the equine veterinary medicine/science publishing compass. Subscribers can browse the list passively for general awareness, or actively click through to journal pages and academic documents for deeper reading.

Unlike basic database “keyword” update feeds, HoofSearch contains more than peer-reviewed journal articles: conference proceeding abstracts, Master's and Doctoral theses, and even international product patent announcements are listed and linked each month.

“HoofSearch is a great tool for anybody interested in staying up to date with what work is going on in relation to horse feet,” said Professor Renate Weller of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Great Britain. “It is a trustworthy source at an affordable price.”

Professor Weller, who launched the RVC's new Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research in 2017, continues, “I am not the only one who appreciates HoofSearch; the farriers enrolled in our new degree in research are also using it for their work.”

RVC Structure and Motion Laboratory PhD candidate Amy Barstow, BVetMed (Hons), concurs: “HoofSearch gives you a straightforward, time-efficient way to stay on top of the latest research.”

Massachusetts publisher Fran Jurga developed HoofSearch after listening to veterinarians' frustrations with online search systems. She also heard the complaints of farriers who had no awareness of the mass of new peer-reviewed articles on equine foot science. Researchers and students decried the necessity of following multiple database keyword feeds. Veterinary college librarians lamented the lack of selective content awareness services commonly published for other fields of medicine, but which have not been offered in veterinary or animal science until the launch of HoofSearch.

The monthly lists carefully differentiate free or Open Access papers from those requiring subscription/library sign-in by using color-coded access labels. About half of HoofSearch's listings are free for all subscribers to download or read online; all listings open at the abstract level or above.

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emerita Hilary M. Clayton endorses the service. She said, “HoofSearch is worth its weight in gold – instead of spending countless hours scouring the literature, I just go through HoofSearch each month and find all the new publications, proceedings and patents neatly classified and enough of the abstract to convey the contents of the article.”

HoofSearch can be viewed via free Google-based mobile apps for smartphones and tablets as well as via its desktop/laptop browser-based version. It can be used at farms and racetracks, as well as in clinics and offices, and requires only a device with Internet access and a browser.

Fran Jurga comments, “Everywhere professionals are involved in helping horses with foot problems, the push is on to be able to both access and build on a comprehensive, and evolving, body of peer-reviewed documents. HoofSearch reports will track how equine lameness and hoof research access matured and contributed to the improved welfare, rehabilitation and soundness of our horses in the future.”

Read more at HoofSearch.

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