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  • New Sports Medicine Equipment for Tufts Equine Center June 14, 2022
    State-of-the-art technologies help to diagnose subtle lameness and respiratory disorders
  • Collaboratively Cured June 2, 2022
    Internal medicine and dermatology teams work together to help Palomino with pemphigus foliaceus
  • $3.5M gift establishes professorship in applied reproductive medicine May 24, 2022
    JAVMA highlights a recent $3.5M gift by Swiss Village Foundation to the school to establish a professorship in applied reproductive medicine
  • Medical devices for horses, and heart patients May 12, 2022
    WCVB5 Professor Melissa Mazan spoke with WCVB’s Chronicle about collaborating with engineering students to develop a device to test lung function in horses Read full story here.
  • Tufts Equine Center Focuses on Special Bond Between Horse and Rider May 9, 2022
    Cross-specialty collaboration is a mainstay at the Grafton facility
  • Historic $3.5M Gift Received from SVF Foundation May 4, 2022
    Dorrance H. Hamilton Professorship in Applied Reproductive Medicine established
  • The Importance of Vaccines April 19, 2022
    Precautionary measures provide protection for your pets and you
  • Tufts Researchers, Students Engineer A New Portable Diagnostic Tool For Equine Asthma April 13, 2022
    The Paulick Report highlights efforts by Professor Melissa Mazan and engineering students to develop a device to test for equine asthma (Tufts Now reprint)
  • On the Night Watch April 7, 2022
    Veterinary Technician Heather Manley cares for animals overnight in the Foster Hospital ECC
  • A New Tool for Equine Health April 4, 2022
    Melissa Mazan, V93, needed a way to test lung function in horses that couldn’t come to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. So she invented one with the help of three School of Engineering alumni
  • Equine-Assisted Learning Course Sets Students Up for Success January 31, 2022
    In Cummings School’s Paddock to Practice course, horses teach students what they can’t learn in the classroom
  • The Gold Standard September 22, 2021
    It was a dream come true for Wade Tenney, DVM, when he acted as a veterinary collaborator for the equestrian events at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • Clinical Case Challenge: acute onset of cranial nerve deficits in a 20 -year-old Warmblood gelding and a 11- year-old Thoroughbred gelding June 15, 2021
    The first patient is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding presenting for evaluation of an acute onset of head tilt to the left and circling behavior.  Physical examination reveals evidence of vestibulocochlear nerve (cranial nerve VIII) deficits, with a left-sided head tilt (Image 1 below) and horizontal nystagmus with the slow phase of the nystagmus towards the left ...
  • Veterinary Students’ Research Helps Horses Recovering from Injuries April 22, 2021
    Cummings School faculty and students do the work to scientifically validate remedy for horses suffering from tendon and ligament damage
  • A Tale of Two Tapirs April 6, 2021
    When a Baird’s tapir at Franklin Park Zoo gave birth to twins, Cummings Veterinary Medical Center stepped up to provide emergency neonatal care
  • Fixing the Plight of a Pony March 2, 2021
    When Pippa dislocated her hock in a training accident, the injury looked gruesome, but a veterinarian expert in healing fractures was optimistic she could recover.
  • Healing a Fractured Tibia February 22, 2021
    When a 3-week-old filly was diagnosed with a broken leg, her owners feared the worst. But new technology and veterinary expertise brought them hope.
  • Good news and bad news about senior horse care December 2, 2020
    EQUUS Magazine features a Cummings School study that found caring for a geriatric horse with a chronic health condition can take a toll on caregivers
  • Seeing Further December 1, 2020
    As a veterinary technician working in nuclear medicine and CT, Josh Peters has the unique capability to help reveal health issues in animals of all sizes
  • A Technician’s Tale October 10, 2020
    As the general surgery service technician at the Hospital for Large Animals, Katie Calicchio has no shortage of compassion for the patients—or their owners.
  • For the Love of Horses October 10, 2020
    Bridget Hatch planned on being a professional rider, but when a vet tech job opened at the large-animal hospital, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
  • All Hands on Deck August 24, 2020
    A full collaboration between Travis’s owner, primary care veterinarian, and Tufts Equine Center ends in a successful outcome
  • Triumphing over Tetanus July 29, 2020
    Not many dogs contract this infection—and many of those that do die. However, intensive care at the Foster Hospital saved two pets with severe tetanus in less than a year
  • The Time to Vaccinate Horses for EEE Is Now June 25, 2020
    Equine veterinarian says the region is likely in the middle of a three-year surge in the viral disease, which kills 90% of infected horses
  • 7 Facts About Strangles You Need to Know June 16, 2020
    Recognized most for its signature symptom, strangles is a bacterial infection in horses similar to strep throat in humans. Are you familiar with how to spot less-obvious symptoms, treat, and prevent its spread?
  • Best Foot Forward February 11, 2020
    When a rare American Mammoth Jackstock donkey became increasingly lame, her owner turned to Dr. Carl Kirker-Head for help.
  • Trying to Figure Out the Scoop on Poop January 30, 2020
    Cases of diarrhea that once would have been fatal are responding to fecal transplantation. Now Cummings School researchers are working to identify exactly how this procedure can help horses
  • Against All Odds – Clinician’s Expertise Saves Equitation Star January 29, 2020
    Last Thanksgiving, Conan, an 18.3-hand Argentinian warmblood, within hours went from being healthy and sound to being on the verge of death. Though the Big Equitation star’s tests were all coming back negative, it was clear he was running out of time—and it was up to the team at Tufts Equine Center to save him.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: A Case of Hoof Abscesses and Limb Lameness January 29, 2020
    A 21 year- old Thoroughbred mare presented to Tufts Equine Center with a history of lameness and repeated hoof abscessation of her left front foot.
  • Cold Plasma Is a Hot New Tool in Veterinary Medicine January 17, 2020
    A veterinary dermatologist at Cummings School recently began using cold plasma to treat chronic wounds and superficial skin infections in animals
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Clinical Signs of EOTRH December 6, 2019
    History A 22-year old Thoroughbred gelding was evaluated for gradual weight loss and decreased appetite that had slowly gotten worse over a two-month duration. The owner reports that the gelding has otherwise been acting normal, passing normal manure and is not on any supplements or medications. Presentation The horse was bright, alert and responsive with a body condition ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: More than Just a Corneal Lesion? November 4, 2019
    A 17-year-old Quarterhorse gelding was presented for a corneal lesion of approximately five months duration.
  • Testing a New Therapy for Horses Struggling to Breathe October 25, 2019
    Cummings School researchers study an inexpensive drug to see if it can offer a new treatment for equine asthma—a common and chronic affliction that’s difficult to manage
  • A Focus on Mental Health on Campus October 10, 2019
    Tufts University task force recommends implementation of a broad, strategic suite of mental health and wellness services at the university
  • A Big Leap for Curing Animals’ Injured Eyes September 23, 2019
    A technique borrowed from human medicine allows veterinarians to save damaged corneas in pets and horses
  • Surgical Management of Impinging or Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes September 17, 2019
    José M. García-López, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR I. INTRODUCTION Dorsal spinous process (DSP) impingement or overriding (ORDSP), often referred as “kissing spines”, has been reported as the most common cause of back pain in the horse.1 Impingement of the DSPs is found mostly at the level of T13- T18, but it can also affect the lumbar DSPs.1 Factors ...
  • Surgical Management of Kissing Spines September 4, 2019
    Kissing spines affect roughly 40% of horses. Here we review the inter-spinous ligament desmotomy (ISLD) procedure that we routinely perform to correct impinging DSPs.
  • Clinical Signs of EEE August 30, 2019
  • Reduce Mosquito Exposure on the Farm August 30, 2019
    A viral illness primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is fatal in more than 90% of infected horses.
  • Why Are Horses So Fast? June 7, 2019
    Breathing only through their noses—and having big hearts—give them a boost The Tufts video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions for the curious about all manner of topics—from how parrots talk to why cats purr.
  • That Strange Stepping by War of Will June 5, 2019
    The Preakness winner has stringhalt, but what does that mean for the racehorse’s participation in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes? Thoroughbred racehorse War of Will handily won the Preakness Stakes on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, but many racing fans were concerned by video footage that surfaced later on social media. Shortly after the race, ...
  • Imaging plays a central role June 4, 2019
    When a horse experiences a decrease in their athletic performance, it could indicate an injury or underlying disease, often best detected by imaging. Tufts Equine Center is one of the country’s select few to offer a full range of imaging services and expertise. Our team of board-certified radiologists and dedicated equine ultrasonographers rely on advanced ...
  • A Sad Goodbye and Huge Thank You to Dr. Ginny Rentko May 16, 2019
    The search is on for a new medical director.
  • Why is even a small cough a big problem in a racehorse? May 15, 2019
    Professor Melissa Mazan, V93, a board-certified internist and pulmonology expert at Tufts Equine Center, explains
  • 10 Facts About Recurrent Airway Obstruction in Horses May 2, 2019
    Horses that live in barns, as well as horses living outside that are exposed to high levels of pollens, molds or other particulates, have an increased risk of developing a chronic and debilitating respiratory syndrome, often known as heaves, or recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Falling under the umbrella of equine asthma, RAO is a performance-limiting, ...
  • What Happens When a Horse’s Immune System Goes Awry? May 2, 2019
    A horse’s immune system is his own personal security detail. It is a very complex and efficient system of cells that carry out specific processes and each of these processes relies on another, working round-the-clock to keep your horse feeling well.
  • Looking Through the Eyes of Animals May 1, 2019
    Temple Grandin on the importance of first impressions, why “draconian leash laws” are a problem for dogs, and more.
  • When Asthma Isn’t Obvious May 1, 2019
    An equine pulmonologist works with veterinarians in the field to conduct a specialized type of liquid biopsy
  • Unbroken May 1, 2019
    Thanks to recent veterinary advances, leg fractures in horses don’t have to be life-threatening—or even career-ending.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Intermittent Hematuria April 30, 2019
    History A 16-year-old pony gelding presented for evaluation of intermittent hematuria.  The pony was reported to be previously healthy and exhibited a normal appetite and water consumption at home.  The hematuria was first noted several weeks ago and appeared to be worse after exercise. Presentation During the initial examination, the pony appeared to be in good general health ...
  • Caring for the Veterinary Caregivers April 30, 2019
    Wellness programs grow on the Grafton campus to help students, faculty, and staff weather the demands of veterinary practice and training Veterinarians and veterinary students tend to work under tremendous pressure, which takes a toll. Mental-health surveys reveal high rates of self-reported stress, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The reasons are many: a professional culture of ...
  • Just a Number: How to Manage Your Aging Horse for Happy, Healthy and Fit Golden Years March 18, 2019
    With advancements in veterinary care, senior horses are now living longer than ever.
  • Clinical Case Challenge: More than Blepharospasm OS February 4, 2019
    HISTORY: A 21-year-old Standardbred mare presented for a three- week history of discharge and blepharospasm OS. Previous treatment included topical triple antibiotic ointment and systemic minocycline with no improvement. The mare was previously healthy with no history of ocular issues. There was no history of trauma to the eye. The owner reported that the mare ...
  • Temple Grandin on Looking through the Eyes of Animals January 9, 2019
    The importance of first impressions, why “draconian leash laws” are hurting dogs, and more insights from the renowned animal behaviorist, Temple Grandin
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Arrhythmia in a Show Jumper December 5, 2018
    A 17 year- old warmblood with an irregular rhythm was referred to Tufts Equine Center at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for cardiac evaluation.
  • Could Your Barn Be Harming Your Horse’s Health? November 9, 2018
    Air in the barn can get rather stale—particularly in the wintertime—which can negatively impact a horse’s respiratory system. Improve ventilation in your barn to protect your horse’s health.
  • Maintaining Hoof Health in the Winter November 9, 2018
    At farms all across New England, winter means taking extra care to ensure horses are healthy and happy. While frozen water buckets and blanket weights are often at the forefront of a horse owner’s mind, one aspect that should not be overlooked is hoof health.
  • Power Up November 9, 2018
    Like people, an equine athlete’s core strength helps to not only prevent injury while increasing training levels but also in recovery from injuries as well.
  • Travel Confidently November 9, 2018
    Providing all of the right information and contacts to a knowledgeable, trustworthy person could save your horse’s life, and a stall identification card with all of this pertinent information is a simple but effective way to achieve this.
  • A Common Bond of Service November 6, 2018
    Veterans in the Tufts community—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—talk about what being in the armed services means to them
  • A Step in the Fight Against a Deadly Parasite November 1, 2018
    Scientists devise a new method to store Cryptosporidium and aid vaccine research.
  • Ask the Expert: Children Coping with Pet Loss November 1, 2018
    Our old dog’s health is starting to fail, and I fear we may have to say goodbye soon. How do I help my children cope?
  • 7 Dos and Don’ts for Managing Infectious Disease on the Farm September 10, 2018
    A variety of sources can harbor infectious diseases that impact horses, from mosquitos and rodents to pastures and water supplies, to name a few – which is why it is integral to have a strategy in place to contain and resolve them.
  • Ask the Expert: The Truth About Acorn Toxicity September 6, 2018
    An equine internist responds to a reader question about whether eating acorns poses a risk to horses
  • Lepto-what? September 6, 2018
    Leptospirosis, a zoonotic disease—meaning it can be transmitted between animals and humans—is fairly unknown to the general public. But it is important to be aware of
  • What You Need to Know: Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Horses September 6, 2018
    Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of cancer in horses and can affect the eyelids, the whites of the eye, or the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye).
  • Training the Scientists and Clinicians of Tomorrow June 1, 2018
    Cummings School’s clinics treat 80,000-plus patients a year, while training the veterinarians of the future.
  • The Dispensary is Open (and Very Busy) June 1, 2018
    Veterinary pharmacists bring a love of animals to a critical role at Cummings School.
  • Teamwork and Determination Key to Mare’s Recovery May 22, 2018
    When Bettie, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare was found down with no use of her hind legs her owners knew just where they needed to take the mare for her best chance of survival.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Swollen Third Eyelid May 22, 2018
    A 19-year-old draft cross gelding was presented for further evaluation of a swollen third eyelid in the right eye.
  • Worried about Your Horse’s Nutrition? April 25, 2018
    There’s going to be an app for that, if two Cummings students have their way How do you build a successful app? For two veterinary students, the starting point is this: give horse owners what they need. Lauren Ungar, V19, and Mary Davis, V19, are developing an app, Nutracheck Equine, to help owners keep horses healthy by making the best ...
  • New Prospect Catch Your Eye? April 20, 2018
    A horse is a big investment, and you want to know that your new friend is going to be healthy and able to do the things you want him or her to do.
  • Rescue Travels Hundreds of Miles for Expert Care April 11, 2018
    When Benny, a nine-year-old donkey, arrived at a farm animal sanctuary, he quickly became one of the most well-loved animals onsite. But soon after arriving, concerns started growing about his health.
  • Prepping for the Upcoming Season: Set Yourself Up for Success March 19, 2018
    Establishing a routine to build fitness and completing integral health checks can help prevent injury and pave the way for a successful season.
  • Equine Clinical Case challenge: Acute Neck Stiffness March 13, 2018
    A 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding used for eventing presented with acute neck stiffness after a fall. He was reluctant to actively bend the cranial aspect of his neck to either direction.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Behavioral Changes and Decreased Appetite February 21, 2018
    A six-year-old Morgan mare presented with the primary complaint of behavioral changes, decreased appetite, especially for grain, and being very uncomfortable when ridden.
  • Ensuring Peak Performance: The Role of Veterinary Delegates at Competitions December 28, 2017
    In internationally-sanctioned competitions, horses must pass a number of inspections, most notably, “the jog”—overseen by a veterinary delegate and the ground jury to ensure the horses are fit to compete.
  • Exploring Equine Recurrent Uveitis and How You Can Treat It December 20, 2017
    Up to 25% of horses in the US may suffer from equine recurrent uveitis, which can lead to blindness or even loss of the eyes.
  • IRAP Therapy from A to Z November 3, 2017
    Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. While it is incurable, there are effective treatments available to reduce inflammation and pain associated with the disease.
  • Born To Win November 1, 2017
    Tufts veterinarian Rachael Gately has produced three of the last four national champion ewes.
  • Can We Eradicate Goat Plague? November 1, 2017
    A Cummings School researcher is looking to wipe out a viral illness that threatens endangered species-and the livelihoods of families in the developing world.
  • The Grief Counselor Is In November 1, 2017
    Three questions for Eric Richman, Cummings School’s first veterinary social worker.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Ulcerated Skin Mass of the Fetlock October 31, 2017
    A 10-year-old draft-cross was presented to the Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for evaluation of a ulcerated skin mass overlying the lateral aspect of the left hind fetlock.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Compulsive Head-Shaking October 27, 2017
    History An 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was presented for evaluation of compulsive head-shaking and spooking when asked to move to his right. The referring veterinarian had attempted treatment with cyproheptadine and melatonin with no improvement in behaviors. The owner reported that the head-shaking behavior ceased in low light conditions. Presentation Physical examination findings were unremarkable with no evident lameness. ...
  • Coming into Focus: How Do Horses See? September 26, 2017
    With horses, vision is particularly important, as we expect them to carry us safely and perform tasks like navigating jumps.
  • An open invite with those wild and tame September 21, 2017
    The Grafton News The Grafton News ran a cover story highlighting the school’s annual Open House. In addition to the cover, the story included two full pages of photos from the event, featuring members of the local community of all ages participating in the day’s activities, along with photos of our volunteer faculty, clinicians and staff ...
  • More Companies Are Offering Paid Time Off for Pet Bereavement–and It’s Increasing Loyalty and Productivity September 20, 2017
    Dr. Alicia Karas was interviewed by Inc. Magazine for a story on companies adapting bereavement policies to include pet loss. The story, which also mentions Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline, ran online on and featured quotes from Dr. Karas.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Lethargy September 20, 2017
    History A 2-year-old Warlander mare presented with a history of lethargy.Presentation Initial physical exam revealed a temperature of 99 degrees, heart rate ranging from 84-100 beats/minute and a respiratory rate of 16 breaths/minute. Blood work revealed a PCV of 16%, total protein of 4 g/dl and a lactate of 9.6 mmol/L. Below is the ultrasound obtained from the ...
  • Social Worker Eric Richman Joins CVMC Staff July 17, 2017
    Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, provides counseling and support services to clients at both the small and large animal hospitals.
  • Live From Morocco June 1, 2017
    How veterinary students are learning to treat donkeys, mules and horses a world away.
  • Learning by Doing June 1, 2017
    New animal simulation laboratory will help train students in basic surgery and other foundational clinical skills.
  • Tufts launches new facilities for pets, owners May 18, 2017
    This feature focuses on the renovations to the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals and completion of the Equine Sports Medicine Complex at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. It includes comments from Virginia Rentko, Kirsten Bubeck and Michael Kowaleski.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Right Hind Lameness with Swelling May 17, 2017
    An 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare presented to the Hospital for Large Animals for a lameness evaluation. The lameness exam revealed a grade 3/5 right hind lameness with firm swelling around the right tarsus.
  • Testing for Equine Cushing’s Disease May 8, 2017
    Nicholas Frank is quoted in this article on detecting pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses.
  • Learning by Doing April 19, 2017
    New animal simulation laboratory will help students learn basic surgery and other clinical skills Hannah Donnelly, V17, was “super anxious” about a dog spay she was scheduled to do. All third-year students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are required to spay two dogs for their course in small-animal anesthesia and surgery. Source:
  • Breeding the Best Cows April 13, 2017
    Bovine IVF program at Tufts Ambulatory Service enables New England farmers to propagate their best milkers and maintain a steady revenue stream
  • Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders March 28, 2017
    Feeding horses with conditions such as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (equine Cushing’s disease) involves managing hyperinsulinemia.
  • Winter on the Farm March 9, 2017
    Winter on the farm is a time for new life. The farm team welcomed over 40 lambs during lambing season (January-February), as well as the usual newborn piglets and calves. The team works through rain, sleet, snow, and whatever else the New England climate throws their way. Here’s a sample of what they saw on ...
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Acute Weakness in an Adult Alpaca February 27, 2017
    A two-year-old male alpaca was presented to the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for acute weakness and inability to rise.
  • Warmblood Back and Better than Ever Thanks to Sports Medicine Service January 30, 2017
    Matador is a seasoned dressage horse, having competed through Intermediaire. Owner, Gina Dailey, even describes him as a schoolmaster. Over their seven years together, Gina and Matador have developed a strong bond. “When things at work are difficult, or when family or friends are dealing with serious heath issues, spending time with Matador and focusing ...
  • Dr. Mary Rose Paradis’ work helps horses and the humans who love them January 4, 2017
    This is a profile of Mary Rose Paradis, who has devoted her career to working with horses.
  • Mountain lion in Petersham? Owner of injured horse says DNA positive for cougar November 29, 2016
    An injured horse was treated at the Cummings School.
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Equine Ultrasound November 23, 2016
    History: A 14-year-old Thoroughbred event horse presented with a history of coughing during low-level exercise. Initial work-up revealed signs consistent with Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and he was treated with an inhaled bronchodilator and oral Prednisolone.   Case Details: He presented again four weeks later with worsening cough, fever (102.2), and elevated fibrinogen (800 mg/dL). Trans-tracheal aspirate revealed moderate, ...
  • Hospital for Large Animals Helps Horse Beat the Odds November 23, 2016
    Donna Johnson and Holly-Go-Lightly have had a long road of  ups and downs together. “Holly and I share a mutual trust and I feel a sense of  deep peace around her,” says Donna. “While riding, my mind is always in the moment and there is no room for pressing problems.”   Donna watched as her now 16-year-old ...
  • How To: Make Your Own Horse Cookies November 23, 2016
    Want to try your hand at making your horse some tasty treats from scratch? Follow this recipe from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging Technician, Kay Hunt:   Ingredients: Beet pulp pellets – 2 Cups High fat stabilized rice bran    – 2 Cups Ground flax seed – ½ Cup Cocosoya – ½ Cup Brown rice syrup – 1 Cup (Can use Karo ...
  • Safe Snacks for your Horse November 23, 2016
    We all love to have a treat now and then, and our equine partners are no different. Sliced apples without the core and carrots are always a good go-to, but do you ever wonder what other healthy snacks your horse might enjoy?   Select fruits and vegetables are a great choice for a healthy horse, including (but not ...
  • Understanding Healthy Foals’ Caloric Requirements November 18, 2016
    Mary Rose Paradis reviews normal foal nutrition with respect to caloric requirements, nursing requirements and nutritional assessments.
  • The Country Life is the Best October 21, 2016
    A proud country girl, Jen Lucy puts her vast knowledge of large animal medicine to good use as the lone veterinary technician at Tufts Ambulatory Service. From bovine in vitro fertilization, to lab tests and farm calls, Jen Lucy is on the job.
  • Everyday a New October 19, 2016
    After growing up on a dairy farm in rural Vermont, Emily von Gal was pretty sure she didn’t want to work with large animals. Now, having spent the last 10 years as a CVT at the Hospital for Large Animals, she loves what she does. That has a lot to do with the animals, and ...
  • Passion and Teamwork October 19, 2016
    A love for horses from an early age led this veterinary technician into the field of Equine Sports Medicine. Read about how Laurie and the team work to get injured horses (and their riders) back into the ring.
  • Back in the Saddle September 23, 2016
    A new world-class sports medicine complex at Cummings School keeps equine athletes at the top of their game
  • How Old is My Pony? September 14, 2016
    Mary Rose Paradis explains how to determine the ponies’ ages.
  • Tufts’ Veterinary School Aids Animals Found in Cruelty Case September 14, 2016
    Tufts has volunteered to aid more than 1,000 animals found in what the ASPCA believes is “the largest-ever farm animal cruelty case in the Northeast.” This is a Tufts-generated news release.
  • Psychiatry for Animals September 6, 2016
    “Pets on the Couch” author Nicholas Dodman argues that animals have mental health problems similar to our own, and benefit from similar treatments
  • Hospital for Large Animals Gives Colt Second Chance at Life July 5, 2016
    On March 1, 2015, Carina Nistico welcomed “Prince” into the world. From the moment the Thoroughbred colt was born, Carina knew he was going to be a special horse. “He had such a silly, curious attitude about him and loved any kind of attention,” she says.
  • What It’s Like to Be a Doctor for Sport Horses May 10, 2016
    Our hospital is no different than a human hospital, really. It’s just a little bit bigger
  • May 2016 Equine Case Challenge April 26, 2016
      CASE HISTORY: A 12-year-old Quarter Horse mare was on a trail ride when the owner notice a peculiar twisting movement with the left front (LF) limb, but the mare appeared to walk out of it.  Later in the ride when the mare began to canter, the owner noticed a lameness and turned around to head ...
  • Ready or Not: Are You Prepared for an Emergency? April 21, 2016
    Whether a natural disaster that requires a region to evacuate, or an incident involving a single barn, it is important to be prepared for all types of emergency situations. Following, find advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners on what you should do to be properly equipped for any circumstance.   ASSESS YOUR RISKS What are the ...
  • Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass? April 13, 2016
    Nicholas Frank discusses the appropriate time to return horses to pasture when they have high insulin concentrations.
  • Teamwork Helps Thoroughbred Seize the Day April 12, 2016
    “Carpe Diem is a bold, athletic horse with opinions of his own, so the reward is huge when we overcome challenges together,” says Sara Florin of her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. “He’s taught me a lot about horses, about eventing, and especially about myself.” The pair started eventing together when Sara got him in 2007, and ...
  • Fillet of Flicka: Could eating horse meat help America’s equine overpopulation problem? March 16, 2016
    Nicholas Dodman says that horses are treated with drugs that are not safe for meat consumption by humans.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Poor Performance March 4, 2016
    Case Details: A 13-year-old Warmblood gelding, used for three day eventing, was presented to Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for evaluation of poor performance. Upon physical examination no abnormalities of heart rate, respiratory rate or body temperature were found. Palpation of his limbs was within normal limits, but palpation of his back showed ...
  • How to Feed Orphan Foals March 4, 2016
    Mary Rose Paradis gives advice on how to feed orphan foals.
  • EHV-1: How to Prevent and Manage the Infection on Your Farm March 3, 2016
    Equine Herpesvirus type 1 associated myeloencephalopathy (EHM) EHV-1 is a common viral infection worldwide that is mostly spread by reactivation of virus in non-symptomatic, latently (silently) infected horses. Although many infections go unrecognized, some are associated with respiratory disease of varying severity, abortion, neurological disease or newborn foal death. Neurological disease due to EHV-1 infection is ...
  • Team of Veterinarians Build a Solid Foundation for the Future February 5, 2016
    Miniature horse, Crescendo’s Best Kept Memories, was just four years old when he suffered his first bout of laminitis. Episodic lameness also led to a Lyme disease diagnosis, but when traditional treatment did not ease symptoms, owner Lynn Paulson brought “Dude” to a place where she had a lot of previous success—Tufts Hospital for Large ...
  • Coping with Colic: Medical Vs. Surgical Diagnosis, Therapy, and Outcomes February 5, 2016
    Colic is a general term that is used to describe abdominal pain. This pain can be relatively mild or it can be extremely violent. It can have a slow, insidious onset or it can occur suddenly. The reasons for the wide variety of presentations are directly due to the different causes of the pain. The ...
  • How Pets Help People January 11, 2016
    Studies point to the physical and emotional benefits of our relationships with other species Janelle Casson says it never gets any easier when her husband deploys as a U.S. Army combat engineer. But after four tours of duty in the last 12 years—assignments ranging from a year to 15 months each in Iraq—she and her four ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Chronic Cough December 12, 2015
    History: For 4 years,  a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare had a mild cough whenever her barn was closed up against the cold in the winter. Last year, the cough did not go away – and even seemed to be worse during the hot, humid weather in the late spring and summer. The cough was now interfering with ...
  • Rehabilitative Legwear for Horses: A Worldwide Collaboration December 8, 2015
    As an equestrienne and budding scientist, I can think of no better way to spend a year than working towards a Master’s in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. I know, this doesn’t initially scream “horses,” but in my case, it certainly did. After my first year of veterinary school, I took the opportunity to work with Dr. ...
  • Partners in Healing November 3, 2015
    Work being done at Tufts is helping to advance the field of comparative oncology, which looks at how cancer behaves and is best treated in people and other species.
  • Seeing Red: Reminder About Red Maple Toxicity October 2, 2015
    The bright colors and fallen leaves of autumn are beautiful to look at, which makes for great riding excursions. But they also bring a potentially fatal danger to horses. The leaves and bark of the red maple tree are highly toxic to them, so it is important to take note of what the tree and ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge—Ultrasound of a Pregnant Mare October 2, 2015
    History: This 6 year old maiden mare presented with a history of four live-cover breedings during her heat cycle. The mare was confirmed “in foal” with a single ultrasound at 14 days post-ovulation.   Case Details: At approximately 9 months of gestation, the mare was noted to have significant udder development and was dripping milk. She was started on ...
  • Mystic, a Clydesdale Cross from the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit September 14, 2015
    Mystic, a Clydesdale cross from the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit came in to see Dr. Thomas Jenei for a re-check on a lameness issue in her left-front leg. Check out these photos from her evaluation! //
  • The Story of Ally Bee September 3, 2015
    Ally Bee, a cria (baby alpaca) was born without the ability to walk. After her care at the Hospital for Large Animals she is now able to walk with her mother and return home. Watch her story here…
  • At Your Service: Pain Consultation and Referral Service August 19, 2015
    Who We Are The Pain Consultation and Referral Service (PCRS) at Foster Hospital for Small Animals was created especially for patients with painful conditions that have proven difficult to manage using standard methods. Pain occurs in animals after surgery, after trauma, along with certain diseases (acute pain) and can persist (chronic pain) for long periods of ...
  • A Leg Up for Horse Health August 5, 2015
    Faculty and students train their entrepreneurial skills on multimillion-dollar equine legwear industry.
  • Animal Acupuncture August 5, 2015
    A clinical assistant professor who teaches anatomy at Cummings School discusses how acupuncture can help animals with acute and chronic conditions.
  • 2016 Calendar Contest—Share Your Success Story! August 4, 2015
    Your horse could be a star in the 2016 Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center wall calendar! After much success with last year’s contest and dozens of uplifting stories, we have decided to create a 2016 calendar—once again filled with your success stories! Send us your story by answering the questions below ...
  • Digesting the Facts: Equine Ulcers July 30, 2015
    Gastric ulcers affect a great number of horses—oftentimes without anyone ever knowing it. But by arming yourself with the following knowledge, you will be better equipped to pick up the signs, treat the issue, and, hopefully, be able to prevent ulcers from forming in your horse in the first place.   Who: Some studies have found that ...
  • Bi-lateral laminitis July 24, 2015
    History: A 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding presented for the evaluation of bilateral (both-sided) forelimb laminitis, first diagnosed by the attending veterinarian two months earlier. At the time of onset, the horse was treated with flunixin, acepromazine, DMSO, and icing of the feet, which brought an improvement in soundness. However, a significant worsening of lameness ensued five ...
  • Hospital for Large Animals Employee Spotlight: Meet Erin Synnott May 28, 2015
    The dedicated faculty and staff at the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center are not only skilled specialists in their jobs, but many are active members of the horse community as well—from grand prix show jumping, eventing, and dressage to polo, barrel racing, driving, and more. Here, get to know our team ...
  • Going the Extra Mile: How to Safely Recondition Your Horse May 28, 2015
    What do show jumpers, barrel racers, pleasure drivers, and recreational trail horses have in common? They all need to be fit for their task at hand.
  • Equine Vital Card May 22, 2015
    Knowing your horse’s normal vital signs is essential. Being familiar with them can help you to determine if he is not feeling well, is distressed, or during exercise whether he has reached his limit or is appropriately cooled down. Help keep track of your horse’s vitals and what is normal with our printable vital card.
  • Progressive Hind Limb Lameness May 19, 2015
    History An eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding was presented for evaluation of a left hind limb lameness. The horse had sustained a wound over the lateral aspect of the left hind cannon bone approximately two weeks prior and he was treated with systemic antibiotics and local wound care. Although the gelding was initially walking comfortably on the limb ...
  • Keep Up-to-Date on Your Vaccinations April 23, 2015
    Spring has sprung! Have your horses received their spring shots yet? Check our suggested vaccination schedule, courtesy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, to see if your horses are up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations.
  • Sudden Hind Limb Lameness April 2, 2015
    History: A 10-day-old crossbred filly was referred to the Internal Medicine Service at the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, with a one-day history of sudden hind limb lameness. Case Details: On her physical examination, the filly was bright and alert but had a rapid heart rate of 120 beats/minute and a fever of ...
  • No Hoof, No Horse: Treating the Abscess March 31, 2015
    You walk out to your barn in the morning and you see your horse three-legged or toe-touching lame and unwilling to walk. You start to panic, hoping it’s not something serious. However, you know he was fine last night and had been in his stall, so what could it be? Most likely, it’s a hoof ...
  • Left-Sided Nasal Discharge February 18, 2015
    History: A 10-year-old gelding presented to the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for evaluation of left-sided nasal discharge. Two weeks prior to presentation, a mild bloody trickle was seen from his left nostril.   Case Details: On presentation, the horse was bright and alert. His heart and respiratory rates as well as his body ...
  • Got Ice? Stay Cool: Tips for Keeping Winter-Related Injuries at Bay February 5, 2015
    It is important during the winter for horse owners to take extra consideration in many aspects of their horses’ maintenance, including diet, hoof care, and especially management of facilities. Snow and ice can wreak havoc on a farm, but with proper care, catastrophic incidents can often be avoided.   While the thought of injuries caused by slipping ...
  • Protecting horses from Equine Herpesvirus type 1 associated myeloencephalopathy (EHM) January 9, 2015
    In light of recently recognized cases of Equine Herpesvirus type 1 associated myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in the New England area, the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School recommends appropriate biosecurity measures for any horses with a sudden onset of neurological signs or fever. We have found from professional experience that strictly enforced measures to prevent the spread of infectious disease and ...
  • In Case of an Emergency: Veterinary Basics for First Responders December 31, 2014
    As the only certified Trauma Center in New England, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is well equipped to handle incoming emergencies for animals. The institution has recently begun offering informational training sessions for local emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and first responders on how to care for animals in emergency situations. Heat stroke, exposure ...
  • Chronic Intermittent Right Front Lameness December 17, 2014
    History: A 10-year-old Warmblood gelding used for Intermediate Level dressage was referred for evaluation of a chronic intermittent right front (RF) lameness, which had become acutely exacerbated following a recent competition. The lameness failed to improve despite two weeks of rest together with a course of oral phenylbutazone. Case Details: Upon presentation, the horse was bright and alert. ...
  • Guidelines For Safely Trailering Your Horse December 16, 2014
    HAVE THE TRAILER IN GOOD REPAIR Making sure your trailer is in good shape will not only ensure the safety of your horse, but also the life of the trailer. Be sure to complete the following checkups and practices on your rig: Check the lights every time you hitch up. Check tire pressures monthly. Snug fitting rubber mats provide ...
  • Clinical Studies Provide Hope for Pet Owners December 1, 2014
    Many of you may be familiar with clinical trials used in treating human disease. In a similar way, veterinary clinical studies are being conducted to assess promising new treatments, drugs or procedures in animals. As in human health, participation in veterinary clinical trials is on a volunteer basis. As an academic veterinary medical center, the faculty ...
  • Caroline McKinney ’16 November 16, 2014
    Hometown: Naperville, IL Education: Vanderbilt University, B.A. in Medicine, Health, and Society (interdisciplinary major) and Minor in French Tufts fits me and my veterinary aspirations perfectly. At Tufts, I am able to explore the clinical skills that save animals’ lives while also developing my background in public health theory – establishing habits and relationships that will enable ...
  • Clinician’s Keen Eye Helps Horse Beat the Odds October 25, 2014
    When Tango’s health rapidly declined over four days, owner Liz Casey relied on past experiences and the recommendations of others to decide his best chance of survival was in the hands of Tufts Hospital for Large Animals veterinarians.
  • Hospital for Large Animals Helps Eq Horse Back on His Feet October 25, 2014
    For many, a horse is like a family member. So when April Renzella’s Dutch Warmblood, Tabor, required navicular bursa surgery, she relied on the clinicians and staff at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center to bring her precious Tabor home safe and sound.
  • Life-Saving Surgery Leads to Confident Comeback October 25, 2014
    Sam was well on his way to a successful career as a young eventer, when he was suddenly found to be facing a life-threatening case of colic one day. Tufts Hospital for Large Animals stepped in to complete a complicated surgery, and a year later Sam and Elizabeth Chertavian completed their first Preliminary event as ...
  • It’s the Size of the Fight in the Horse That Counts October 25, 2014
    Prince faced adversity from the day he was born—a full month premature—but that didn’t keep him and owner Christina Eddleston from the New England Miniature Horse Society winner’s circle. And, thanks to the help of the team at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, Prince came out on the winning end of a complicated colic surgery as ...
  • A Bond That Can’t Be Broken October 25, 2014
    It may have been love at first sight, but Peppy would still require lots TLC from both his owner, Leigh-Ann Davis, and the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals team after a string of incidents brought him to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center three times in one year.
  • Communication Key in Getting Multi-Sport Athlete Back on Track October 25, 2014
    Susan Straight describes Otis “as close to a perfect horse as we can get,” so when a mysterious cough formed and began to interfere with the multi-sport athlete’s performance, Susan called on the pros for a resolution.
  • Fit for a Princess October 25, 2014
    Susan Crawford says Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño of Tufts Ambulatory Service has always gone the extra mile. It was no exception when he not only made the arrangements for “Princess” to receive treatment at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, but made sure to be at the facility during the process as well.
  • Mysterious Lameness No Match for Lucy Thanks to the Help of Tufts Team October 25, 2014
    Lucy made a long journey from the racetrack to enjoying her current career as an eventer, but none of it would have been possible if it weren’t for the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center clinicians’ ability to pinpoint a misunderstood back injury.
  • Therapy Horse Gets the Best Treatment so She Can Give Her Best October 25, 2014
    Lily has an important job, working as an instrumental part of a Registered Therapy Team with her owner, Marsha Craig, for Tufts Paws for People. And thanks to the relationship they’ve formed through Paws for People, Cummings Veterinary Medical Center was the easy choice when Lily needed an assessment for her locking stifles.
  • Fracture Can’t Dull Hidden Gem’s Shine October 25, 2014
    By nature, dressage riders become very aware of and familiar with the way their mounts move, so when Cody walked out of his stall one morning with a sudden lameness, Willette Brown knew just who to call.
  • Hunt for Good Health Ends at Tufts Hospital for Large Animals October 25, 2014
    After Dr. José Garcia-Lopez performed a surgery on another one of her horses, Renee Iannacchino knew exactly who to call upon when her Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross, Charm Day, needed to see a specialist.
  • Beautiful Relationship Emerges Out of Darkness October 25, 2014
    Neither broken leg nor ulcers could keep Beau down, and owner Debra Benanti gives credit to the educational commitment of Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for not only Beau’s survival, but their close relationship following his treatments.
  • Ultrasound Clinical Case Study October 7, 2014
    This six-year-old warmblood had a one-month history of left front (LF) lameness that improved with an abaxial sesamoid nerve block. He was then referred to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals for further work-up and imaging.
  • At Your Service: Ophthalmology September 10, 2014
    Sometimes it’s a miniscule piece of foreign material or the abnormal growth of eyelashes that can be or become problematic for an animal. Other times it’s something more serious. You don’t want to gamble with your pet’s eyesight and should always seek the advice of a professional for what may be perceived to be a ...
  • Site Lines August 1, 2014
    When your pet is squinting, teary or red-eyed, it’s time to see a vet
  • Pros and Cons of Pet Insurance August 1, 2014
    Is buying pet insurance a good idea? What does it cover?
  • Is There an App for That? May 16, 2014
    Videos and tablets facilitate veterinary students’ transition from the classroom to the clinics
  • Specialty Spotlight: Ophthalmology Service January 24, 2014
    From routine eye exams to corneal grafting, laceration repair and cataract removal, the Ophthalmology specialists at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals are available around the clock to see patients. Led by board-certified veterinarians, the Ophthalmology team provides expert medical and surgical advice for eye diseases and injuries in small animals, exotic pets, and large ...
  • Otis: A Case of Inflammatory Airway Disease January 17, 2014
    Otis, a toasted oat-colored 13-year-old horse, developed an occasional cough but it came and went with no predictable pattern or time of year. As a multi-sport athlete, some days the mysterious cough prevented Otis from fully engaging in his activities the way he normally could and over time it started to worsen, said owner Susan ...
  • Specialty spotlight: Dermatology December 5, 2013
    Did you know there are more than 400 skin diseases in cats and dogs alone? At Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, our board-certified dermatology specialists, leverage cutting-edge technologies including video otoscopy and comprehensive intradermal allergy testing tools, to provide exceptional care for animals requiring specialized dermatology care. Tufts Dermatology specialists treat both small and large ...
  • Megan Mueller to Study the Impact of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy on Youth with Post-Traumatic Stress October 30, 2013
    The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has been awarded a $50,000 research grant to study how children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress respond to equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) from the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF), an international research foundation. Led by Principal Investigator Megan Mueller, Ph.D., A08, G10, G13, research assistant professor at the Cummings School ...
  • Clinical Studies: Know the Facts! July 8, 2013
    Tufts veterinary specialists not only treat some of the region’s most challenging medical issues, but also work hard to push the boundaries of medical discovery pursuing new medicines, innovative surgical techniques and treatment methods to ensure future advancements in veterinary medicine and ultimately a better quality of life for the animals and human beings. Engaging in ...