To help combat the prevalent and devastating condition of laminitis, the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) has made a collection of important research papers freely available online to both vets and horse owners. 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 (BEVA) Trust.
Professor Celia Marr, equine clinician, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Medicine and editor of the EVJ explains : “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 EVJ laminitis virtual issue, 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 at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1001/%28ISSN%292042-3306/homepage/laminitis__recent_advances_and_future_directions.htm.
In addition the issue contains several articles from international experts commissioned by the EVJ, 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 USA, Andrew van Eps from Australia and Nicola Menzies-Gow from the UK. 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 EVJ 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.
Professor Marr concludes: “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.”