Equine research presented at international conference

August 2018

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Research carried out by MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy student Lauren Hunt has been presented at an international conference.

The International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy’s Rehab Summit was held in Tennessee, USA.

Lauren’s research - the first study of its kind - involved testing two different laser devices and various doses to see which was best at preventing and/or aiding a horse's recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after an underwater treadmill session. She found all the doses and machines acted very differently in the different locations she tested. Her paper was presented by Marigold Thompson, Lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy and Equine at Writtle University College, and will be published in the journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica.

It follows news that four equine students had their work accepted for the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome in September. The students, who graduate this year, have carried out research on elements of horse training, pain thresholds, saddle fit, bloodlines and their effect on horse welfare and performance.

The International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants has also published work by two students.

Second year BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science student Alice Campbell wrote a review of the science of learning theory used in natural horsemanship techniques and its impact on welfare.

Caitlyn Cuthbert, BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science, researched how a horse’s welfare is affected by being exercised separately on a horse walker and how an equine companion can have a positive impact in terms of equine behaviour, heart rate and heart rate variability. She also had her work accepted to the ISES conference and won the best oral presentation prize at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Student Animal Welfare conference held at Writtle in May.

It’s not too late to apply for a Veterinary Physiotherapy, Equine or Animal course starting in September!