Morris Animal Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1948 that invests in science to advance animal health and has invested more than $12.5 million in more than 535 equine health studies since 1959. Their research has led to the development of genetic screening tests for multiple equine diseases, including combined immunodeficiency disease, equine type I polysaccharide storage myopathy, and lavender foal syndrome, and their funding helped develop the Potomac horse fever vaccine. Morris Animal Foundation continues to invest in relevant research to make a difference in equine health, and we present 11 — a small portion — of their current projects.
Equine musculoskeletal research
Lameness accounts for the equine industry’s greatest economic losses, which amount to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Preventing and treating lameness issues in horses is important to mitigate these losses, and current equine musculoskeletal research includes:
Equine gastrointestinal research
Colic is one of the most common conditions requiring veterinary attention in the equine industry, and current gastrointestinal research includes:
Equine metabolic syndrome research
Overweight horses, ponies, and donkeys are often affected by equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), which is the leading cause of laminitis. Current research includes:
Equine asthma research
Equine asthma is common, and significantly impacts a horse’s performance and quality of life. Current research includes:
About the author
Dr. Jenny Alonge received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2002. She completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University and joined an equine ambulatory service in northern Virginia, where she practiced for almost 17 years. Alonge later decided to make a career change in favor of more creative pursuits and accepted a job as a veterinary copywriter for Rumpus Writing and Editing in April 2021. She adopted two unruly kittens, Olive and Pops, in February 2022.
Learn more at https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/