New intra-articular joint treatment! Dr. Owens is taking part in a pilot study of Arthramid Vet, a gel which incorporates into the synovium to provide a cushioning effect which potentially lasts for many years. This product has been used very successfully in humans. If you would like your horse to be a part of this study, contact us by email for more details.
A very effective, minimally invasive new treatment for back pain, consisting of intradermal injections to block pain signal transmission along the back and neck.
The Metron software we use for digital radiography is the most advanced on the market. We now have the capability to do 3-D rendering of the hoof capsule. A collaborative appointment with your farrier can help perfect your horses shoeing and highlight potential hoof balance problems before they cause lameness.
We have a class IV low level laser therapy machine available for clients to rent and use in their own time for $100 per week, to assist in the healing of lacerations, soft tissue injuries and reduction of inflammation.
Does your horse suffer from hives or heaves? Intradermal testing or the 'scratch test' is the only effective allergy test in horses, (blood/serum testing is for the most part uninformative). Additionally, you can use the test allergens to make up a desensitization product and protocol against whatever substance the horse tests positive to.
Dr. Owens helped with clinical trials for this product in the UK about 6 years ago. It desensitizes horses to the midge saliva which causes the severe itching along the belly, mane, and tail, and reduces the signs of sweet itch by an average of 75%. Owens Equine is doing a bulk order from the UK to reduce the cost of the desensitization protocol.
Some of the information frequently provided by Dr. Owens during nutrition consults will be available on the website later this year. We hope to include nutrition profiles of various common manufactured feeds, including the information NOT included on the bag! EG starch/simple sugar, cost per averaqe meal, and caloric content. Also, links for forage analysis, IFeed grain dispensers and small hole, slow feed haynets/bale nets for continuous slow eating.
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I grew up in Issaquah and Bainbridge Island, and my nephew Sheriff is our family's fourth generation in Seattle. My entire family was heavily involved in Pony Club, Area VII Young Riders, and organizing events. I trained with Nancy Lowry and Jean Moyer through success at intermediate level eventing, but was prevented from going advanced with my top horse, Celebrity, due to veterinary problems, thus launching a lifelong passion for sport horse medicine. Due to persistence, care, and faith, Celebrity eventually recuperated and competed Advanced for many years, and is now happily and healthily retired. I left the Northwest to follow the family tradition of education in New England, and completed degrees at Brown University, (an Ivy League college in Rhode Island), in ecology and premedical biology with a minor in postmodernist film production, and earned my DVM at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2002.
I took time aside from my sport horse interest to work for the African Union on veterinary services distribution models for nomadic people, wildlife medicine in Africa, as director of Veterinarians for Global Solutions, on the board of directors for the Tibet/Nepal NGO Drokpa, and with Pan American Health Organization in Panama. I was the vet for the $85 million Warner Brothers movie Racing Stripes, filmed in South Africa, caring for 11 zebras, 110 racehorses, and a posse of trained pelicans, bloodhounds, etc. I bought and trained gaucho cowponies in rural Argentina for professional polo. I completed equine externships with John Nolan and Kent Allen in Middleburg, VA, at CCI**** events pre-Sydney Olympics, and at Palm Beach Equine Clinic at Palm Beach Polo Club.
I worked for PJ McMahon in England as official vet for the Cowday and Guards Polo Clubs outside London and treating the horses of Pippa Funnel, Kyra Kyrtland, and many other Olympians. I also worked alongside FEI vets at many international level competitions in jumping, dressage, eventing, and reining. On the other side of the spectrum I was the equine vet for a mixed practice in rural agricultural Devon, seeing hunting horses, racehorses, and native ponies, as well as vetting for the local Dartmoor Zoological Park, both before and during a 2 year period of renovation. The rehabilition of the park by the Mees family was the subject of a prime time BBC documentary, and CURRENTLY IS THE SUBJECT OF THE MOVIE 'WE BOUGHT A ZOO'! I was the first person to introduce such things as stem cell therapy, sterile maggot debridement, and IRAP to Devon.
Establishing myself close to my roots in the Pacific Northwest has been a long time goal, and I've been thrilled with the fabulous reception I've had from the local horse community. Practicality, sports medicine, and top level technology are the themes of my veterinary service, and I make every effort to keep my services afffordable. In my spare time, I try to get out backpacking, attending or riding in three day events, editing the copious film footage I've collected on my travels, and following international development and epidemiology.