Texas A&M University

Instructions for Participating Veterinarians

View the Study Checklist as a PDF.


Step 1:

Thank you for your interest in this study. First, please read the specific case and control definitions that we have chosen for affected and control (unaffected) horses.


Step 2:

Enroll in the study: If you are interested in participation, please register here or contact the Study Coordinator, Dr. Michelle Coleman, at 979-219-3523 or mcoleman@cvm.tamu.edu. Upon completion, you will receive a secure name and passcode to enter the web-based survey system to begin your data entry. You will also receive, by mail, the appropriate supplies for body measurements and blood collection. Please note that ONLY equine veterinarians in the United States or Canada will be permitted to submit data. If you are a horse owner, please contact your local veterinarian and encourage their participation.


Step 3:

Identify a laminitic horse: Please complete the survey for the affected horse within 4 weeks of the onset of clinical signs of laminitis. Please refer to the website for case and control definitions and instructions on accurately obtaining the morphometric measurements and body condition score. Additionally, we will need a tiger top tube of blood, a purple top tube of blood, and a client consent form signed by the owner/farm manager.


Step 4:

Identify control horses: For each laminitis case, you will need to identify a healthy control horse and a lameness control horse. Please complete the survey for each of the 2 controls. Please refer to the website for control population definitions and instructions on accurately obtaining the morphometric measurements and body condition score. Additionally, we will need a tiger top tube of blood, a purple top tube of blood, and a client consent form signed by the owner/farm manager for each control horse.


Step 5:

Radiographs: We will be collecting radiographs from a portion of the cases and controls. If you are willing to contribute radiographs, please contact Dr. Michelle Coleman for further information. Thank you!


Step 6:

Client consent forms: Please have the owner/farm manager sign the client consent form for each of the horses. These forms will need to be mailed to the Study Coordinator at the address below. This form can be found in the navigation bar and is in PDF form. You may download and complete the form, and mail it to the Study Coordinator. Please keep a copy for your records.


Step 7:

Mail or submit all forms: Depending on your preferences, the completed surveys may be submitted by mail, fax, or on this website. Client consent forms and blood may be submitted by mail or fax at the following address:

Dr. Michelle Coleman
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Texas A&M University
4475 Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4475

Fax: 979-845-8939

Prior to mailing any form, please be sure to make a photocopy for your records.

***Veterinarians in Canada will need to ship all blood to a separate address. Please refer to the shipping instructions for more details.***

 

If you have any questions at any time, please contact us.

Thank you for your interest and participation in this study. Your contribution is important to the future of laminitis research.