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Ride for Research Events to Benefit WSU Veterinary College  

July 22-24, 2005

The Washington State Horse Council and member organizations are hosting fundraisers to benefit the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its equine research programs.

State resources currently fund approximately 28 percent of the veterinary college’s activities. As such, our WSU Equine Program relies heavily on grants, gifts and fees collected for services to fund its teaching, service and research programs. Support for these programs across all areas of focus within the college is not likely to come from tax dollars in the future. The veterinary college needs and welcomes help from the horse industry to provide funds necessary to support research aimed at improving the health of our equine friends.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is an international leader in many areas of equine research. Current studies in equine clinical medicine include the management of pain in post-operative patients and navicular syndrome, as well as new techniques in laparoscopic surgery, the management of joint disease, and sports medicine in general. Across the basic science departments within the veterinary college, additional work is being pursued on equine digestive and infectious diseases, as well as the immune responses of horses and foals to disease.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is staffed with many outstanding equine clinicians and research authorities and is the only veterinary college in North America currently equipped with magnetic resonance imaging equipment capable of evaluating lameness and neurological disorders in horses. This technology has rapidly moved WSU to the forefront of equine veterinary medicine and has changed the approach to the diagnosis and treatment of horses with lameness problems that cannot be readily diagnosed from traditional radiography or ultrasound examination. The information gained as a result of this technology is of interest to equine practitioners and horse owners everywhere.

Events scheduled in support of the WSU research programs include a benefit prize ride, the “Ride For Research,” set for July 22-24, 2005 at the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club near Littlerock, Wash. A Washington State Horsemen approved “B” system horse show, the “WSU Benefit Horse Show,” will also be held at the Kitsap Saddle Club in Port Orchard, Wash., on September 3 and 4, 2005. These events give the horse-owning community an opportunity to support WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s equine research programs while being involved in activities horse enthusiasts enjoy.

If participation in these family friendly events is not possible, please consider a donation to support improved health and welfare of our equine friends. Checks can be made payable to Washington State Horse Council, and mailed to 2363 Mt. View Rd. E., Port Orchard, WA 98366-8320. Be sure to include on the check, “donation to Ride For Research.”

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