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Researchers seeking participants for livestock studies

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for your help with two research projects this summer.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) Project

EMS is an equine disease similar to Type-2 Diabetes in people that can adversely affect the quality of life of affected horses. Benefits of participating in the project include a free health evaluation by a veterinarian (physical exam and blood work) and knowing you are helping to improve the quality of life for horses affected by EMS.

The goal of the EMS study is to look at the blood markers used for early diagnosis of diabetes in people and see if they can be used to differentiate between horses with and without EMS. Identifying these biomarkers could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease and improved quality of life for affected horses. 

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering a horse for the study, please contact the researchers:

Eligibility of individual horses is dependent on some preliminary testing, as well as the horse’s body condition.

Saskatchewan Dairy Parasite Study

Producers that have their cows or heifers and calves on pasture during the summer grazing season are invited to participate in this study. In addition to contributing to research on Saskatchewan dairy health issues, you will benefit through free information about intestinal worms on your farm and education about strategic deworming protocols. The project involves three to four on-farm visits from May to August 2016. During these visits, summer student employees will collect fresh manure from the ground.

If you are interested in participating in the Saskatchewan Dairy Parasite Study, or would like to know more, please call or email Haley Scott at 306-966-7169 or haley.scott@usask.ca.

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