University of California-Davis

Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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Lab Contamination? Administrative Law Judge Recommends Meth Positive Be Thrown Out In New Jersey

An administrative law judge has recommended to the New Jersey Racing Commission that it reverse a $1,500 fine against Joe Sharp and a $60,000 purse forfeiture from a horse he trains that tested positive for methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017. In making her ruling, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said post-race samples from […]

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Stripes Help Keep Biting Insects At Bay

Biting insects have a difficult time landing on animals that have zebra stripes, a joint study between the University of California, Davis, and the University of Bristol in England has shown. The findings, which were published in PLOS ONE, support the hypothesis that the stripes on Africa’s three species of zebra helped deter biting insects. […]

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What Happened There? Cliffs of Moher’s Death Reveals Complex Nature Of Shoulder Fractures

On Nov. 6, Cliffs of Moher (IRE) shattered his shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Australia and was euthanized. The Williams family, co-owners of the 4-year-old Galileo colt, were stunned and distressed when he broke down. “That horse was sound as a bell, there’s no doubt about that,” owner […]

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Drug Testing Expert Stanley Departs University of California-Davis, To Start New Laboratory At University Of Kentucky

Dr. Scott Stanley, who directed the modernization of drug testing in California horse racing in this century, has accepted a position at the University of Kentucky. He will continue until early next year at the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California in Davis. “This is a wonderful opportunity for […]

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Majority Of American Horses Exposed To EPM

A new study confirms that the majority of American horses are exposed to equine protozoal myeloencephalitis-causing organisms. Caused by two types of protozoans, Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi, horses contract EPM through the feces of infected opossums. While most horses won’t show signs of the disease, the organisms can pass the blood-brain barrier and attack […]

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Advancing Veterinary Medicine: UC Davis Tech Invents New CT Scanning Table

Typically, to perform a computed tomography (CT) scan on a horse or other large animal, the patient must be lifted and gently guided by a team of veterinarians and technicians onto the platform using a crane or forklift. But, thanks to a recent innovation created by University of California – Davis technician Jason Peters, RVT, […]

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Genetic Risk Factor Identified For Equine Eye Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common tumor of the horse overall. Thanks to a recent genetic study led by UC Davis, horse owners can now identify horses at risk for ocular SCC and make informed breeding decisions. In the cover article for the […]

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Three Scientists To Be Inducted Into UK Equine Research Hall Of Fame

Three scientists with specialties in large animal medicine will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation Hall of Fame during a ceremony scheduled for October 25th at the Hilary J. Boone Center on UK’s campus. The inductees include: Norm Ducharme, James Law Professor of Surgery and staff surgeon at Cornell University […]

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UC Davis Equine Veterinarians Warn of Pistacia Poisonings

As autumn will be upon us soon, UC Davis veterinarians are warning horse owners to keep their animals away from Pistacia orchards, as the leaves and seeds of this genus can cause hemolytic anemia, and be fatal, if ingested. In the fall of 2013, following the acute deaths of five mares from a large herd, […]

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