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Stem Cell Laboratory
The Rood & Riddle Stem Cell Laboratory is the latest addition to the hospital’s medical services. Rood & Riddle collaborated with the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the planning of this state of the art facility. The addition of the stem cell service is part of Rood & Riddle’s ongoing effort to provide the most up to date technologies and treatments for their patients.
A thorough lameness examination and definitive diagnosis are needed to determine if a horse is a suitable candidate for stem cell therapy. For some tendon and ligament injuries, initial stem cell therapy may begin with a dose of bone marrow concentrate. This service is available within an hour of the initial bone marrow collection. Rood & Riddle’s Stem Cell Lab also uses established stem cell processing techniques to culture and expand (grow) large numbers of stem cells needed for multiple therapeutic doses in a relatively short amount of time. With each bone marrow or umbilical cord blood sample, a total of four 10-million cell doses will be obtained for treatment and long term storage. Since multiple treatments can enhance response to therapy, there are notable benefits to culture and expansion, including a significant increase in stem cell numbers in 2-3 weeks providing doses from 10-40 million cells, resulting in multiple doses without collecting additional bone marrow.
Stem cell banking allows for cultured stem cells to be cryopreserved and readily available if an injury occurs. Stored stem cells can be quickly thawed, shipped and ready for injection within 72-96 hours with no additional collection required. The first year of storage is included in any stem cell expansion order.
Rood & Riddle is excited to join the leaders in equine regenerative cell medicine and committed to furthering the science of stem cell therapy through support of academic stem cell research and performing clinical trials. Our veterinarians are available to answer any questions in this emerging field.
The Rood & Riddle Stem Cell Laboratory Services:
Kit fees vary depending on items included. To order a collection kit, please send your request to email@example.com.
Forms to Download
Stem Cell Processing Form (PDF)
Bone Marrow Collection-Sternum (PDF)
Umbilical Cord Blood Collection (PDF)