Temperature and Equine Inflammation: Is There a Link?

A vet student shares her experience studying equine neutrophil function at various incubation temperatures.

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By Jacqueline Harrison

After spending several years of her academic career dedicated to improving the understanding of equine inflammatory processes, Stacy Anderson, DVM, MVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, knows her fair share about why horses and inflammation don’t mix.

“Horses do not do well with inflammation,” said Anderson, who completed her PhD program on the equine inflammation topic in 2015. Her graduate supervisor was Baljit Singh, BvSc&AH, MVSc, PhD, of the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, in Saskatoon.

“We are trying to better understand the inflammatory process starting at the cellular level,” she explained. “From there, we can work on determining why horses are so susceptible, and how to appropriately deal with equine inflammation in the future

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