Scientists Evaluate Equine Blood Compatibility, Typing Tests
With more than 400,000 different combinations of equine blood types, veterinarians often face a challenge when finding the best match for horse blood transfusions.

New research by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) clinicians tested a blood cross-matching method used in human medicine. Results of the study showed that a gel column test is more efficient than the traditional test-tube method, and is equally as effective.

A second portion of the study, conducted simultaneously, involved blood typing. Results showed that using a stall-side test kit is as effective in predicting the Ca blood type as sending the blood to a laboratory.

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