In horses, stem cells can be cultured from either adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow. Stem cells are multipotent cells that have the potential to develop into multiple cell types, such as bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, and others. This therapy has shown promise in treating tendon and ligament injuries as well as advanced joint disease. Northwest Equine Veterinary Associates is equipped to harvest both bone marrow and adipose tissue for the culturing of multipotent stem cells. After harvesting, the sample is sent away for culturing at a separate facility before being shipped back to our office for use either at your farm or at our clinic.