An important collection of laminitis research papers has been made freely available online to both vets and horse owners.
The Equine Veterinary Journal has made the material available to help combat the prevalent and devastating condition.
The papers include practical advice as well as the latest research, making up for the current shortfall of easily accessible information.
The initiative has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from the British Equine Veterinary Association Trust.
The journal’s editor, Professor Celia Marr, says: “In view of the growing public interest in high quality science, there is increasing demand for easy, open access to journal articles via the internet, particularly on topics such as laminitis.
“In recent years, there has been an explosion of knowledge and new thinking about this devastating condition.
“We have also recognised that some of the old-fashioned remedies, such as standing in cold water, have sound science behind them. I hope that horse owners who are unfortunate enough to have come across laminitis will find this new online resource valuable.”
The journal’s laminitis package, comprising 15 original research articles on topics including the role of insulin, the effects of cryotherapy and the regulation of epidermal stem cells in affected horses, is available here.
The “virtual issue” also contains several articles from international experts commissioned by the journal on important aspects of laminitis, including causes, treatment, prevention and future research projects.
Contributors to this special issue include world-leading equine veterinary and research experts on the subject of laminitis: James Belknap, Ray Geor, Samuel Black, James A. Orsini from the United States; Andrew van Eps from Australia; and Nicola Menzies-Gow from Britain.
Subjects covered include the present state and future of laminitis research, endocrinological aspects of the pathophysiology of equine laminitis, sepsis-related laminitis, supporting limb laminitis and progress towards effective prevention and therapy for laminitis.
The journal has a long history of promoting laminitis research.
In 2004, the publication produced a special issue dedicated to laminitis and since that time significant numbers of articles on laminitis have been published every year.
“We hope that this special laminitis virtual issue will provide the rigour and quality of information that many horse owners are now seeking, to help them to understand and deal with this condition as effectively as possible,” Marr says.