Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Equine surgery and wound management

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Equine Internship, Purdue University
  • Large Animal Surgery Residency, Cornell University 
    and University of California, Davis
  • Diplomate, ACVS

Research Interests

While Dr. Barber is interested in all aspects of equine surgery, he has a particular interest in orthopedic and wound management topics.

Dr. Barber has spoken, published and done research on various aspects of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, besides numerous clinical investigations. 

His orthopedic research has included the following: cosmetic exostosis removal, pseudoarthrodesis of the temporomandibular joint and arthrodesis of the tarsus, articular cartilage healing, repair and function of the synovial membrane following arthroscopic removal, and arthrodesis of the carpometacarpal joint. 

Dr. Barber's research in soft tissue includes studies on wound management and repair, and healing over-exposed corticol bone. He has also investigated the prevention and control of exuberant granulation tissue, as well as the role of cytokines in wound healing and their role in the formation of exuberant granulation tissue.


  • Visit Dr. Barber's PubMed profile to view his previous peer-reviewed research publications. 

  • Mund, S.J.K., Kawamura, E., Awang-Junaidi, A.H., Campbell, J., Wobeser, B., MacPhee, D.J., Honaramooz, A., Barber, S.  2020.  Homing and engraftment of intravenously administered equine cord blood-derived multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells to surgically created cutaneous wound in horses: A pilot project.  Cells, 9(5).  https://www.doi.org/10.3390/cells9051162

  • Tucker, M.L., Wilson, D.G., Barber, S.M.  2020.  Chitosan-based agent use for hemostasis after cryptorchidectomy in a horse.  Veterinary Surgery, 49(4): 758-763.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13363

  • Yoshimura, S., Barber, S.M., Tucker, M.L., Bracamonte, J.L., Mund, S.J.K., Thomas, K.L.  2020.  Sinocutaneous fistula repair with a masseter muscle transposition flap combined with wound matrix and cancellous bone graft in a horse: A new technique.  Veterinary Surgery, 49(4): 818-824.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13352

  • Mund, S.J.K., Corbett, C., MacPhee, D.J., Campbell, J., Honaramooz, A., Wobeser, B., Barber, S.M.  2018.  Identification of mRNA of the inflammation-associated proteins CXCL8, CXCR2, CXCL10, CXCR3, and β-Arrestin-2 in equine wounded cutaneous tissue: a preliminary study.  Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 68: 51-54.  https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2018.05.216

  • Desprez, I., Yabsley, M.J., Fogelson, S.B., Hicks, J.A., Barber, R., Sladakovic, I., Secrest, S.A., Divers, S.J., Mayer, J.  2017.  Baylisascaris procyonis larva migrans in two captive North American beavers (Castor canadensis).  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(1): 232-236.  https://www.doi.org/10.1638/2016-0102.1

  • Robinson, K.A., Manning, S.T., Barber, S.M., Wobeser, B.K., Lohmann, K.L.  2017.  Congenital hypoplasia of the dorsal colon in a Quarter Horse filly with chronic, intermittent colic.  Equine Veterinary Education, 29(5): 270-273.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/eve.12437

  • Barber, S.  2016.  Management of Wounds of the Neck and Body.  Chapter 12 in Theoret, C. and Schumacher, J.  Equine Wound Management: Third Edition.  p. 280-311.  https://www.doi.org/10.1002/9781118999219.ch12

  • Barber, S., Stashak, T.S.  2016.  Management of Wounds of the Head.  Chapter 11 in Theoret, C. and Schumacher, J.  Equine Wound Management: Third Edition.  p. 231-279.  https://www.doi.org/10.1002/9781118999219.ch11