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CIRALE (Centre for imaging and research into equine locomotor disorders):
a unique centre involved in the study of osteoarticular and musculotendinal pathologies in horses and a branch of the ENVA National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alfort.



CIRALE: A SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURE

CIRALE was created on the initiative of the Normandy Regional Council in an effort to guarantee the quality of the region's equine livestock as perceived in France and abroad. The Centre for Imaging and Research into Equine Locomotor Disorders opened in Goustranville, near Dozulé in the Pays d'Auge on the 2nd of November 1999.
CIRALE's vocation includes three major themes: diagnosis, teaching and research.

The centre uses state of the art medical imaging techniques, hitherto only used on humans.
They are now available for equine care.

Techniques include:

- Thermography
- Digital radiography
- High definition ultrasound
- Scintigraphy
- MRI – magnetic resonance imaging

The centre is linked to the UMR – Mixed Research Unit « Horse Biomechanics », reuniting the INRA and the ENVA and, as such, has two specific research missions:
First of all, the centre aims at exploiting valuable scientific data from the many clinical cases it receives (prospective analysis) and secondly, as a pilot centre, it develops prospective research on progress in the imaging and diagnosis of locomotor disorders (limping, performance weakness) for the coming years.

In the case of prospective analysis, spin-off is generally of an individual nature. The development of such research is essentially acheived through scientific communications in France and abroad, an approach which also involves Veterinary Science theses.
In the case of prospective research, spin-off is collective. Such research is aimed at perfecting techniques to improve horse breeding or future diagnostic techniques.


CIRALE's influence in France and abroad is due, not only to its high quality services, but also to the many conferences organised worldwide together with a great number of scientific articles published in international journals.

In order to improve the monitoring of sport horses and to investigate the causes of poor performance, a sports medicine unit was inaugurated in 2008. A department of the Laboratoire départemental Franck Duncombe works in partnership with this unit, hence enabling biological samples to be immediately analysed.







  • Bâtiments du CIRALE à Dozulé
  • Radio articulation du sabot d'un cheval
  • Radio zone arrière-train d'un cheval
  • Chevaux courant dans un enclos
  • Course au galop