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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. Find out more about clinical trials with animals.

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Our Experts Demonstrate Bandage Applications

Hoof

How to Apply a Hoof Bandage

Dr. Amanda Bergren of the Hospital for Large Animals demonstrates how to apply a hoof bandage to your horse.

Pastern
Carpal
Carpal Stack Wrap
Distal Limb
Distal Limb Stack
Hock Wrap
Hock

Dr. Kate Chope Walks You Through Horse Anatomy

Anatomy of the Hind Limb

Anatomy of the Hind Limb

Dr. Kate Chope of the Hospital for Large Animals walks you through the anatomy of the hind limb of the horse.

Anatomy of the Fore Limb (long)
Anatomy of the Fore Limb (short)

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  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Lethargy
    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 ... read more
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Right Hind Lameness with Swelling
    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. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Acute Weakness in an Adult Alpaca
    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. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Equine Ultrasound
    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), ... read more
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Hospital for Large Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536 (campus map)

Phone: 508-839-7926
Fax: 508-839-7931

Hospital for Large Animals

Tufts Veterinary Field Service

149 New Sweden Road
Woodstock, CT 06281 (View on map)

Phone: 860-974-2780
Fax: 860-974-2780

Tufts Veterinary Field Service

What It’s Like to Be a Doctor for Sport Horses

Dr. José García-López talks to The Atlantic about what it’s like to be a doctor for sport horses

Horse on treadmill

EHV-1: What You Need to Know

EHV-1 is a common viral infection worldwide that is mostly spread by reactivation of virus in non-symptomatic, latently (silently) infected horses. 

Horses at feeder

A Leg Up for Horse Health

Cummings School faculty Carl Kirker-Head and Nick Frank collaborated with Chris Rogers, a professor of mechanical engineering on Tufts' Medford campus, and his undergraduate engineering students to train their entrepreneurial skills on multimillion-dollar equine legwear industry.

Equine Vital Card

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.

Equine vital card

Keep Up-to-Date on Your Vaccinations

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.

Guidelines For Safely Trailering Your Horse

Making sure your trailer is in good shape will not only ensure the safety of your horse, but also the life of the trailer.