Research | EHSP
Scientific Investigations to Benefit Horses
The EHSP team remains committed to the health, well-being, and performance of horses through veterinary research, education, and clinical and public service. The EHSP team produces high quality biomedical research, address horse health and welfare, and disseminate that information to the local, state, regional and worldwide stockholders.
The EHSP biomedical research team has diverse research interests with one major goal: to improve the health and welfare of the horse. Investigators conduct research in the areas of equine surgery, gastrointestinal disease (colitis and gastric ulcer disease), laminitis, reproduction, respiratory disease, and lameness. Each study in this report benefits the horse and the equine industry by identifying essential mechanisms of disease, groundbreaking new treatments, essential techniques in reproduction, and essential information to prevent diseases.
A group of scientists are researching treatments for ulcers, the gastric microbiome, and the effects of blueberry consumption on exercising horses.
Researchers use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and for treatment.
Researchers compare methods of insulin testing in horses, as well as diagnostic tools such as endoscopy.
A multidisciplinary group of EHSP scientists are conducting numerous investigations involving laminitis (founder). Laminitis, an excruciatingly painful, debilitating, and potentially career-ending and life-threatening disease of the horse's feet, is currently incompletely understood. Ongoing investigations are crucial to help unravel the complex pathophysiology so that veterinarians are better able to prevent and treat this disease.
Orthopedics and Biomechanics
EHSP researchers are investigating therapies for orthopedic issues, both in the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research and in the Charles V. Cusimano Equine Physiology and Pharmacology Laboratory.
We have developed a solid research program in the area of equine orthopedics and biomechanics.
has led to the development of numerous orthopedic implants designed specifically for equine use, which
is critical for the advancement of equine orthopedics and fracture repair. These equine specific orthopedic
implants have distinct advantages over those intended for human application. The EHSP is unique in that it is part of the only school of veterinary medicine in the country that is designing and testing equine specific
EHSP scientists are researching the therapeutic effects of stem cells.
EHSP surgeon scientists are investigating wound healing, bone remodeling, and ways to improve the teaching of surgery.
EHSP researchers are investigating equine placental development, detection of the embryonic capsule, equine oocytes, and breeding.