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Teaching Horse Endowment - Helping Horses Live Long and Healthy Lives

A Real Siberian, a 6-year old Thoroughbred gelding, enjoys grazing in the pasture.

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. Read more

Persistence Proves Key to Opportunity

Briana Hamamoto with her mare, Almond Roca

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. Read more

Improving Racing Safety

Horse Racing Safety

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. Read more

Equine Genetics Forum - August 18, 2018

Save the Date

Anna Dahlgren has been awarded the Louis R. Rowan Fellowship

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. Read more

UC Davis Announces First In Vitro Equine Pregnancy

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. Read more

Scientists Discuss Horse Genomics at 2018 International Plant and Animal Genome Conference

San Diego. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Scientists met at the annual International Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego on Jan. 12-13, 2018, to discuss research and share new discoveries using the horse genome sequence.  The United States Department of Agriculture-National Research Sponsored Project 8 (USDA-NRSP8) sponsored the meeting. Read more

A Magical Duo

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. Read more

Advanced Equine Reproduction

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Advanced Equine Assisted Reproduction (EqART) program to provide total equine reproductive health care at UC Davis. For the past couple of years, veterinary scientists and clinicians have been perfecting a unique in-vitro fertilization process known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Read more

Vaccination for "Lawsonia Disease"

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.” Read more

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

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. Read more

California Wildfires: Lessons Learned, Smoke Inhalations Risks

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. Read more

UC Davis Helps Champion Roping Horse Return after Botulism Poisoning

John, an 11-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding, and his owner/rider Doug Parker worked for years to qualify for the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas. Just before that became a reality in 2016, however, John was stricken with botulism, a toxic poisoning that had already killed one of his stablemates. Parker, who knew the World Series was now out of the question, raced to the UC Davis veterinary hospital to save John’s life. Read more

Special Bond Inspires Gift

Goldie Kaszub fondly recalls how her niece, Christa Roedel, has had a passion for horses ever since she was a young girl. Growing up, she always wanted a horse of her own. Realizing her dream, Roedel acquired Buddy, an 8-year-old Missouri fox trotter gelding, and considers him as her best friend, confidante and teacher. To honor this special bond, Kaszub established an endowment to provide support for the teaching herd at the Center for Equine Health (CEH). Read more