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From The Horse Report Univ. of California, Davis
The Oak Tree challenge Oak Tree Racing Association makes Challenge Gifts to launch a $3 million campaign for equine research at the UC Davis Center for Equine Health In February of 1997, the directors of the Oak Tree Racing Association announced that they were making a $625,000 pledge to support equine research at the UC Davis Center for Equine Health. The fiveyear pledge of $125,000 per year was made in the form of a "Challenge Gift" to kick off the CEH' s new $3 million fund raising campaign. Clement Hirsch, president of the Oak Tree Association, stated, "We want to help the CEH come out of the gate quickly on its new $3 million campaign." The CEH's $3 million campaign is designed to provide increased support for current equine research as well as to establish permanent endowed research funds. "Both types of support are critical to our research mission," stated Dr. John Pascoe, acting director of the CEH. Gifts made in response to the Oak Tree Challenge can be designated for either purpose. "It is our hope," stated Clement Hirsch, "that other horse enthusiasts, especially racing related organizations and individuals, will match our commitment on a two-for-one basis. The CEH's world class research is the best way to insure the future health of our horses and their supporting industries." In recent years, the CEH has been able to fund approximately 50 percent of the research projects submitted. "By increasing the number of projects we fund," stated Dr. Pascoe, "the CEH can have an even greater impact on the health and welfare of horses. We have the expertise to do a great deal more if we can secure our base of research support. That' s the sole purpose of this campaign." With donations matched on a two-for-one basis, the $625,000 Oak Tree Challenge should generate approximately two-thirds of the fund raising campaign's overall goal. Additional campaign support will be sought from the show, pleasure and performance segments of the horse industry. "Every horse enthusiast is invited to join in this all important effort," said Dr. Pascoe.
Equine Lyme Disease vaccine Just as Lyme disease has been afflicting ever more humans and dogs since it was discovered in the late 1970s, the disease has been spreading among horses as well. The most prevalent tick-borne disease in the country - - and one of the most prevalent in the world - - Lyme disease primarily hits horses in the Northeast, the upper Midwest, Texas, and California. Horses with Lyme disease, however, are often misdiagnosed and/ or inappropriately treated because of the disease's variety of clinical manifestations. The clinical signs include fever, stiffness, chronic weight loss, muscle tenderness, sporadic lameness and swollen joints, laminitis, and anterior uveitis. Neurological signs include depression, behavioral changes, loss of appetite, head tilt, and encephalitis. Veterinarians usually diagnose the disease based on the clinical signs,
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