Faculty member’s article among “Top 10” downloaded in equine journal

Dr. Chris Sanchez and Cocoa

Dr. Chris Sanchez with a mare and foal outside UF’s Large Animal Hospital. (File photo by Diana Andersen-Davis)

By Sarah Carey

An article coauthored by Dr. Chris Sanchez, an associate professor of equine medicine at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of the top-10 downloaded articles in the Equine Veterinary Journal in 2017.

This marks the third year in a row that the article, titled “Pain Control in Horses: What Do We Really Know?” has received that designation, according to Sue Wright, editorial manager for the journal.

Written by Sanchez and Dr. Sheilah Robertson, a former UF College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, the article was one of six scientific reviews commissioned by the journal in 2014 in collaboration with the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for an online library being created at the time.

The reviews published covered a mix of topics reflecting the foundation’s priority areas for research funding.

“Lameness and colic are painful conditions of the musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, respectively, and have a huge impact on the welfare of horses worldwide,” Sanchez said. “Many of the drugs available for use in horses have potential adverse effects. Our manuscript reviews currently available options for the treatment of acute and chronic pain in adult horses and foals.”

Sanchez also serves as medical director for the UF Large Animal Hospital and director of the Hoffmann Equine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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