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Guelph opens horse hospital

The University of Guelph celebrated the grand opening June 7 of a new specialized health-care facility for equine athletes. The Equine Sports Medicine and Reproduction Centre (ESMRC) is focused on the quality of life and performance of horses through health care, education and research.

Located at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) but separate from the main hospital, the ESMRC offers the highest level of care in equine sports medicine, lameness evaluation and treatment, reproduction services and diagnostic imaging.

The ESMRC provides clients with direct access to top specialists in the field, offering advanced lameness evaluation and therapies; state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment for cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, and other conditions that limit athletic performance; and sophisticated reproductive services such as fertility evaluation, artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

“The ESMRC will serve the needs of referring veterinarians, horse owners and trainers involved in Ontario’s world-class horse racing and equestrian sectors,” said Dr. Elizabeth Stone, OVC dean.

“Establishing the ESMRC also reflects the importance of horses in people’s lives and our commitment as veterinarians to advancing the health and well-being of all species. I look forward to watching the ESMRC grow and develop programs that support horses and horse owners across Ontario and beyond.”

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