Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Equine Studies

Clinical Research in Equine Orthopedics

Genetics of Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease (DLSD)

The Large Animal Surgery Service is looking for horses to investigate the genetic basis for degenerative suspensory ligament disease (DSLD) in the horse.  We are collecting a nasal or oral tissue swab from each study horse and isolating the DNA from these samples.  The DNA will be used to perform genomic genotyping of each horse.  The data will be analyzed for a genetic association with the DSLD condition.

Read about DLSD here.


Clinical Studies at UW Vet Care Hospital

For more information or to determine if you horse is eligible for any of these studies, please contact Dr. Sabrina Brounts at (608)-263-7600 or