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OSU Seeks Horses with EPM

Friday, January 3, 2020

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for horses suspected of or with confirmed cases of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Martin Furr, DVM, DACVIM, Ph.D., MA Ed., is conducting a study to improve methods of diagnosis of this disease, which is caused by a protozoan organism and affects the brain and/or spinal cord of the horse.

Furr, a professor and head of the Department of Physiological Sciences, is accepting donations of horses of any breed, gender, type or age. He will collect blood samples and cerebrospinal fluid and then humanely euthanize each horse. A post-mortem necropsy (human autopsy equivalent) will be conducted. No experiments will be conducted on live animals.

If you have a horse you would like to donate or have questions regarding the study, please contact Dr. Martin Furr at martin.furr@okstate.edu or 405-744-2162.

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