March 12, 2012 13:40
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH
CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP
CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE
Over 160 horse enthusiasts assembled for the highly acclaimed production of War Horse and a special Equine Guelph Gala evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto on March 8th 2012. Gala attendees were delighted to hang up the ‘wellies’ and gather for an enchanting evening thrown in support of Equine Guelph’s new horse welfare education programs.
Partnership is the best descriptor for the special fund raising evening that benefitted the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Foundation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund. "The War Horse Toronto production brings back into the spotlight the welfare issues that faced millions of horses in the First World War," says David Mirvish, producer, Mirvish Productions and Chancellor of the University of Guelph. "Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness and education, we are pleased to partner with Equine Guelph and the Ontario Equestrian Federation to create the 'Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund' in honour of these brave horses and to develop courses that teach horse care and welfare to future champions of the horse. Through education, we hope to help Equine Guelph in their admirable quest of 'helping horses for life.’” The incredible turn out of horse industry supporters at Equine Guelph’s pre-show meet-and-greet was a testament to the shared sentiment.
The wine was divine and the appetizers appealing, but it was the puppets that brought the passion with a spellbinding show. The crowd of horse lovers did not need any convincing of how near and dear the bond between horse and human can be. Not a dry eye could be found as the audience rode along on the journey of “Joey”, the beloved War Horse. To top it off, after the production, gala attendees were treated to an exclusive introduction to the life-like puppets and their marvelous, detailed craftsmanship. Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) donated 24 Traditional limited edition 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets, signed by David Mirvish, as a fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s gala evening. Many attendees arrived early for the opportunity to trot off with one of these very special mementos.
For future performances, War Horse Toronto will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – May 6, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD of the music of War Horse (one per order). Call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code – WHFUND. Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation comments, "I thought that the puppets were magical and found the original stage production to be absolutely mesmerizing. I am certain that "War Horse" will have a very successful engagement!" She adds, "The Ontario Equestrian Federation in partnership with Equine Guelph is proud to be part of a collaboration which which will ultimately benefit the welfare of all horses." Equine media in attendance were awe-struck and nearly speechless with initial reactions: “Wow, terrific!”, “Not what I expected”, and “How Lifelike.”
Funds raised are helping Equine Guelph develop new courses, teaching the highest degree of skills in horse care and welfare. This will help ensure horses receive the best possible care and will contribute to the reduction of welfare issues. “In an industry where well-intentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment, says Equine Guelph Director, Gayle Ecker. Education in horse welfare will result in benefits including: well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses.”
Ecker continues, “Tonight, Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that we are able to offer the first Equine Welfare Certificate online program in Canada. The support of the industry has enabled us to open this opportunity for students starting in May of this year, with the first offering of the new Equine Welfare course in September of this year. We will be developing further courses that will become available online throughout the year.”
Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information and to learn about another special evening Equine Guelph will be hosting at War Horse Toronto on May 10, 2012.
March 10, 2012 11:47
By Lynne Gunville
Steve Kruzeniski in Ghana
Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF – Canada) has selected six students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to be part of its 12-member student program for 2012.
This summer, WCVM students Colin Taylor, Rebecca Jackson, Graham Ellingsen, Andrea Pellegrino, Morgan Findlay and Steve Kruzeniski will travel to Asia, South America and Africa as volunteers for the global veterinary organization.
• Colin Taylor, a first-year WCVM student, will be working at the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He and a teammate will help to provide care and treatment to the animals – mainly stray cats and dogs – while sharing their experiences and knowledge with the centre’s veterinarians and other staff.
photo courtesy of Steve Kruzeniski
The KAT Centre partners with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Humane Society International (HSI) in their efforts to eliminate rabies in Kathmandu and to create a stable, healthy street dog population. Currently, there are more than 20,000 dogs living on the city’s streets.
Photo courtesy of VWB/VSF
• Second-year WCVM student Rebecca Jackson and first-year WCVM students Graham Ellingsen and Andrea Pellegrino will travel to Puerto Natales, a small Patagonian community in Chile. They will participate in a collaborative project investigating ways to reduce the problems associated with large numbers of free-roaming dogs.
The students will monitor the behaviours, social activities and roaming patterns of male dogs before sterilization. Their findings will contribute to the project’s goals: improving animal welfare while reducing human-dog conflicts and disease transmission.
• First-year WCVM student Morgan Findlay will provide veterinary care and extension to smallholder dairy farmers living in rural Kenya. She will also work on a research project investigating the effectiveness of various drugs on the gastrointestinal parasites found in dairy cattle.
As part of the dairy health management program, Findlay will work on a team composed of North American and Kenyan veterinarians and veterinary students. Team members will collaborate on clinical, extension and research activities with the goal of benefiting all participants as well as the local dairy farming community.
Photo courtesy of VWB/VSF
• Fourth-year WCVM student Steve Kruzeniski, a member of the VWB/VSF 2010 student program, will donate his time and skills to a goat production project taking place in Mbarara, Uganda. He and a teammate will help train paraveterinarians (people trained to help veterinarians), assist in disease monitoring and vaccination programs, organize livestock management workshops and conduct on-site inspection visits of existing farms.
The goat production project was developed by WCVM professor Dr. Claire Card in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, the Foundation for AIDS Orphaned Children and VWB/VSF. It’s aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Ugandan families by providing them with goats and goat training.
Since its inception in 2006, the goat production project has laid the foundation for a more hopeful future and has raised the socioeconomic status of some of the most vulnerable families – many of them affected by HIV and AIDS.
Originally published at WCVM Today (www.wcvmtoday.com), news blog for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
March 9, 2012 14:58
In Jumping, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Portugal, and Russia qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping bringing the total number of nations represented by individual riders to 11. Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, and Japan will be represented by two riders each whereas Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Egypt, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, and Syria will be entering one individual each. Fifteen countries will be represented by teams.
The only countries that will field full teams in all three disciplines (Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) is Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.
In total 200 riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing was published the 2nd of March. They are the final stage of the qualification by nation process, which concluded the 1st of March.
75 riders will participate in jumping:
March 9, 2012 14:30
“The Heaver” emerged on our farm in Western Canada in November of 2011.
Cunning and wily, this new crossbred is very difficult to sight, elusive to photographers and has some peculiar habits.
We were first alerted to the heaver’s presence because of the evidence it left behind. Exhaustive
investigation and surveillance have proven fruitless.
These Heavers have destroyed part of our wood pile, primarily taking only recently cut green poplar and stripping the bark completely off. Obviously they have mutated some sort of hand type appendages as
they have pulled their preferred wood out of a huge pile of assorted wood. Thankfully the heaver has limited their bark eating to just green poplar bark out of the wood pile.
No fence posts, live trees or rails have fallen victim thus far.
The un-mutated form of this new equine cross bred, our herd of horses have access to a high quality water supply available 24/7, high quality grass (90%) /alfalfa (10%) hay in multiple different feeding areas, large pasture area to roam, unrestricted access to salt,
mineral and are current on their herd health. The herd is round and fat, to date no colic. Our vet is baffled.
A gifted artist Andrea Lawrence, fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-lawrence.html has created a heaver picture based on our description.
March 5, 2012 18:21
I have a rider who needs to sell her spot in the Hendrik Gabael clinic March 19-21st. Please let me know if you are interested in her spot. The cost is 480$ for 3 private lesson plus stabling. The clinic is hosted at Maple Leaf Meadows.
March 5, 2012 13:52
"Vision of a Horse"
by Casa Terra
The Casa Terra Canvas is a mixed media project combining tempera paint and collage to create a stunning horses head.
The colors and forms within the horse's head are meant to represent a landscape reflecting the element Casa Terra is named after.
The artwork was achieved by "painting" the tempera with forks, which created quite a stir in the studio!
The canvas is truly a unique masterpiece created by using unconventional tools with conventional materials.
Casa Terra is a class of 4-6 year old students at the Maria Montessori School, Saskatoon, Sk.
February 25, 2012 10:20
1.5 PREPAREDNESS FOR LIVESTOCK
Emergency preparedness is especially important for livestock because of their size and special shelter & transportation requirements. On a farm, generally, the effects of severe storms on livestock are lessened by moving animals to avoid the storm; mitigating the storm's effect if it cannot be avoided; or sheltering the animals, ensuring they have access to food and water. The approach taken would depend upon the type of storm/emergency anticipated.
Hypothermia & dehydration are the two most probable life-threatening conditions for animals in cold weather.
Barn fires are the most common disaster for livestock at anytime of the year
o Mount fire extinguishers in all buildings and at all entrances
· Regularly maintain them
· Make sure all family members and employees know how to use them
o Keep aisle and all doors free of debris and equipment
Consider removing all barbed wire and rerouting permanent fencing so that animals can move to high ground in a flood and to low-lying areas in high winds
Install a hand pump and obtain enough large containers to water your animals for a least a week in the event the water supply is contaminated
Identify alternate water and power resources
Do you have enough feed, bedding material, supplies, medications on hand to last an extended period in case suppliers/supplies are unavailable because of the disaster
Identify alternate location(s) for your animals in case of evacuation
Label hazardous materials and place them all in the same safe area. Provide information about their location to local fire and rescue and emergency authorities.
If the emergency is Winter Storm/Extreme Cold:
o Wet conditions and wind-chill add greatly to the cold-stress for animals
o Livestock should be provided with wind-break and roof shelter
o Monitored for signs of discomfort (extensive shivering, weakness, lethargy, etc.)
o Provide extra hay/forage/feed as up to double the calories for normal body heat maintenance may be needed in extreme cold and if you are unable to get to the animals for a couple of days because of deep snow, etc. they will have enough food.
o It is critical that animals have access to drinking water at all times
· Usual water sources may freeze solid in low temperatures and dehydration becomes a life-threatening factor
· Many animals, especially the young, may not know how or be unable to break several inches of ice to reach water
· Animals tend to drink less in extreme cold, risking dehydration
· Research with horses shows horses drink more water if it is warmed during winter weather
o If possible, move animals to an indoor shelter or building
· Provide additional bedding to keep animals insulated & to keep them dry
Place sand or other non-toxic gritty material on icy feedlots to provide good footing
Ensure heaters are working properly and are in areas with adequate ventilation
Ensure adequate ventilation in buildings
o Animals could suffocate from lack of oxygen
o Open vents to facilitate natural air flow
o Clear ice and snow from vents
Know the signs of Cold Reated Illnesses in any species of animals you own:
· Extremities (ears, tails, teats, male reproductive organs) are particularly subject to frostbite
· Signs may not necessarily be obvious for several days (waxy or pale appearance to affected areas, sloughing of freeze-damaged tissue)
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· Extreme shivering
· Increased respiration
· Confused, erratic, clumsy behaviour
Livestock/Farm Emergency Kit:
During an emergency, you will need to decide whether to confine large animals in an available shelter or leave them outdoors. This will depend on what emergency/disaster is occurring and how much warning you have.
Have a current list of all animals
o Include proof of ownership, their location, records of feeding, vaccinations & tests
Have a contact list of emergency phone numbers (employees, neighbours, veterinarian, poison control, animal care, transportation resources, etc.)
Supplies for temporary identification of your animals
o Plasitc neckbands, permanent markers to label with your name, address & phone no.
Basic first aid kit
Handling equipment such as halters, cages, blankets, etc.
Bolt cutters to quickly free animals in an emergency
Water, feed and buckets
Tools and supplies needed for sanitation
o Cell phone; Flashlights; Portable radios
o Other safety & emergency items for your vehicles and trailers
Let everyone know where the emergency kit is being stored
Consider evacuating your animals only on the advice of your veterinarian or local emergency management officials.
Sheltering in Place:
Sometimes evacuation isn’t posssible and can be challenging especially in winter and while it often seems that animals will be safer inside barns, in many circumstances, confinement can reduce their ability to protect themselves.
Survey your property for the best location for shelter. If you pasture meets the critereia below, your large anminals may be better off in the pasture than being evacuated.
No trees which can uproot easily
No overhead powerlines or poles
No debries or sources of blowing debris
No barbed-wire fencing
Not less than 1 acre in size (less than an acre, livestock may not be able to avoid wind-blown debris)
There is shelter &/or windbreak areas
o Shallow open front sheds
o Solid sided feed wagans can serve as temporary wind protections (place plywood or bales of straw under the wagon to block the wind
If your pasture doesn’t meet the above criteria, you should move your animals to a barn/building
o Winterize any building that may provide shelter for livestock
o Check roof structure and stability to hold the weight of accumulated snow/ice
o Repair roof leaks
o Have proper ventilation
If your building(s) does not meet the above criteria, you should evacuate your animals. Winter Storm Preparation R.M. of Corman Park Created January 2011 Page 13
The leading causes of death of large animals in disasters are collapsed barns (winter snow is too heavy for roof or roof is susceptible to high winds), dehydration (frozen water), eletrocution and accidents resulting from fencing failure.
If you must evacuate, do so as soon as possible otherwise everything will get caught in the storm
Set up safe transportation including trucks and trailers suitable for livestock and appropriate for each type of animal, along with experienced handlers and drivers
Take disaster/emergency livestock kit with you
When sheltering off your property, make sure that they remain in familiar groupings, securely contained and sheltered from the elements
Notify your veterinarian, processer, feed representative, etc. if evacuating
SECTION 3: BLIZZARD/WINTER STORM PRECAUTIONS
Storm damage can cost an individual or family a significant amount of money; therefore it is best to take precautions ahead of time to minimize these costs. YOU are the first line of defence against damage and it is up to you to minimize any harm that may occur.
3.1 Before a Blizzard/Winter/Ice Storm
If a blizzard or heavy blowing snow is forecasted, you may want to string a lifeline between your house and any outbuildings to which you may have to go during the storm
o In wide open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard
o A lifeline will guide you and give you something to follow
If a severe storm is forecast, secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose – indoors & outdoors.
o Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property
When a winter storm hits, stay indoors
If you must go outside, dress for the weather
o Outer clothing should be tightly woven and water-repellent
o The jacket should have a hood
o Wear mittens – they are warmer than gloves
o Wear a hat, as most body heat is lost through the head
o Avoid travel; if you are safe where you are, stay where you are
If you must travel during a winter storm
o Do so during the day
o Let someone know your route and arrival time.
If travel is unavoidable make sure you have:
o Enough fuel
o A vehicle emergency kit
o A winterized, reliable vehicle
o Check out local media for weather updates, road conditions & the level of civic services available
If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm:
o Remain calm and stay in your car
o Try to move the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you
o Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side (away from the wind)
o You can run the car engine ~ 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well
o Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell potentially fatal carbon monoxide fumes
o To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep
o If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself
· Overexertion in the bitter cold can cause death as a result of sweating or a heart attack
o Keep watch for traffic or searchers.
If you live on a farm, shelter animals:
o Generally, if the structure is sound, the animals should be placed indoors
o Once they are inside, secure all openings to the outside
o The sheltering should be ordered and completed before similar action is taken for humans
o Water supplies should be checked for freezing. Many animals have died of thirst during the winter, even with abundant water sources, because they could not drink the water as it was frozen solid.
Prepare for Power Outages and Blocked Roads
o Winds, ice and snow tend to bring down power lines
o Make sure that you have an emergency kit (see Page 6)
Staying warm when the power goes out may be a problem
o Be prepared with alternative heat sources and plenty of blankets
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Stock up on shovels and snow removal equipment before the snow storm
Be sure you know how to open your garage door manually
Cover the windows and spaces around the doors to keep drafts at a minimum in the event the heat shuts off
Regular fuel sources may be cut off
o Have an adequate supply of alternate fuel sources available
o If you have a fireplace or a wood burning stove, stock up on dry seasoned wood
If you live in an area that gets bad storms regularly, consider investing in an emergency generator
A cellular phone is a 'hot' commodity for the snowbound. If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged and easy to find. Even if the phone and power lines go out you can get word out that you are stranded and need help.
3.2 Before an Ice Storms
Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you. Ice sheets could also do the same.
Never touch power lines
o A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution
o Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation
When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving
o Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery
o Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia
o If you live on a farm, move livestock promptly to shelter where feed is available
o Forage is often temporarily inaccessible during and immediately after ice storms
o Animal reactions to ice storms are similar to that of blizzards
3.3 During a Blizzard/Ice Storm/Winter Storm
If you must go to the outbuildings, dress for the weather
If you lose Heat/Power
o Insulate your pipes so they do not freeze
o Consider letting your faucets drip a little if the temperature drops below freezing
· Moving water will not freeze as fast as standing water
· Keep a supply of antifreeze on hand to protect plumbing from freezing
o Know where your water main valve shut off is located and how to turn it off if a pipe does break or you are unable to have your faucets drip
3.4 After a Blizzard/Winter/Ice Storm
Assess the damage to your property, if any
Check out local media regularly for the level of civic services available
o If you must travel, plan your route accordingly. The first priority for snow clearing is to ensure movement of traffic on the major roads and access to emergency locations
Exercise caution and care when shoveling snow, especially during very cold weather
SECTION 4: POWER OUTAGE
A winter storm/blizzard/ice storm may lead to power outages.
Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks, ESPECIALLY in rural areas. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines/poles and equipment. Poles may be damaged by vehicles losing control and running into them causing power outages. Cold snaps can also overload the electric power system.
During a power outage, you may be left without heating, lighting, hot water, or even running water. If you only have a cordless phone, you will also be left without phone service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges. You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours.
4.1 PREPARING FOR AN OUTAGE
You can install a non-electric standby stove or heater
Choose heating units that are not dependent on an electric motor, electric fan, or some other electric device to function
It is important to adequately vent the stove or heater with the type of chimney flue specified for it
Never connect two heating units to the same chimney flue at the same time
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have the chimney cleaned every fall in preparation for use and to eliminate creosote build-up which could ignite and cause a chimney fire.
If the standby heating unit will use the normal house oil or gas supply, have it connected with shut-off valves by a certified tradesperson.
Before considering the use of an emergency generator during a power outage, check with furnace, appliance and lighting fixture dealers or manufacturers regarding power requirements and proper operating procedures.
Program 310-2220 into your cell phone
o This SaskPower phone number is toll-free and dedicated to 24-hour outage reporting
Keep a corded phone in the house, because cordless phones don't work during power outages
o Program 310-2220 into the phone's memory
Plug in sensitive electronic equipment (computer, TVs, etc.) through surge-protector power bars
If you use electronic life-sustaining equipment, make sure to have a back-up power source
o You can register your life-sustaining equipment with SaskPower and be notified of planned power outages
Make sure you have a Personal Emergency Kit prepared (list on Page 6 of this booklet)
Keep a supply of antifreeze on hand to protect plumbing from freezing
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4.2 DURING AN OUTAGE
Determine if the power failure is limited to your home
o If your neighbours have power, check your electrical panel to see if the main circuit breaker has tripped
Turn the breaker off and back on again to ensure a good connection
If your electrical panel or main breaker isn't the cause of the outage, call (SaskPower) 310-2220
Turn off or unplug any appliances or electronics you were using when the power went out
o Leave one light on so you'll know when your power returns
Keep refrigerators and freezers closed
o If the power is out for a long time, make sure you check all refrigerated and frozen food before you eat it
Use proper candle holders
o Never leave lit candles unattended and keep out of reach of children
o Always extinguish candles before going to bed
Close all doors, windows and drapes to conserve heat (unless the sun is shining in)
Never light a fire indoors unless you're using an approved fire place or wood stove
Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector
o If it is hard-wired to the house’s electrical supply, ensure it has a battery-powered back-up
If you have to Evacuate during a power outage in the winter:
o Turn off the main breaker or switch of the circuit-breaker panel
o Turn off the water main/pipe where it enters the house
o Protect the valve, inlet pipe, meter or pump with blankets or insulation material
o Drain the water from your plumbing system
· Start at the top of the house
· Open taps, flush toilets (several times)
· Go to the basement and open the drain valve
· Drain you hot water tank by attaching a hose to the tank valve and running it to the basement floor drain
· If you hot water tank is gas-fired, turn out the pilot light
· Unhook washing machine hoses and drain
o Add a small amount of glycol or antifreeze to water left in toilet bowl(s) and the sink & tub taps
o Do not worry about the small amount of water trapped in horizontal pipes
o If your house is protected from ground water by a sump pump, clear valuables from the basement in case of flooding
Environment Canada Public Weather Warnings for Saskatchewan http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/sk_e.html
The Weather Network’s Page for Alerts: Weather Warnings & Public Alerts http://www.theweathernetwork.com/alerts/?product=alerts
Get Prepared Website: (Federal Government Website), www.GetPrepared.ca
All information in this post is a small part of the following document by the R.M. of Corman Park, an excellent resource.
February 24, 2012 07:14
February 21, 2012 12:24
February 16, 2012 11:39
With a highly mobile horse community, keeping your horses free from disease is one of the biggest challenges for horse owners. The fight to keep infectious diseases at bay has taken a step forward with a generous donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada. The funding allows the purchase of new equipment, including a microcentrifuge and fluorometer, for the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph.
"This equipment will help us explore some new areas in equine infectious diseases and hopefully help us understand how to better treat and prevent serious infections. We are grateful for the assistance of the Equine Foundation of Canada in advancing equine infectious disease research.” says Dr. Scott Weese, an equine internal medicine specialist and microbiologist with the Ontario Veterinary College and University of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses.
The funding for this equipment will help advance the specialized work being done in his lab, and complement the array of equipment that is already present in the laboratory, including a state-of-the-art ‘next generation’ sequencing system. “Our laboratory was the first laboratory of any type in Canada to obtain this system, and it provides a unique capability internationally to perform equine infectious diseases research,” continues Weese.
With increased awareness of the dangers of infectious disease, recently heightened by the news of an equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) fatality in Ontario, this is a timely and welcome development. “Biosecurity, the prevention of disease spread, is an issue of growing concern for the industry. Equine Guelph will be working with Dr. Weese and his staff to get more information out to the horse industry in our communications and education programs. The Equine Foundation of Canada has helped us to move this agenda forward with their funding for new equipment and are to be commended for their initiative to help the Canadian horse industry in this way.” says Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph. Registration is now open for the new education program “Beat the Bugs: Biosecurity for the Horse Owner” which launches this spring. Members of the equine industry will take away valuable information for themselves and for their employees to help prevent the spread of infectious disease.
For more information about Biosecurity programs offered by Equine Guelph visit: http://www.equineguelph.ca/biosecurity.php or contact: Dr. Susan Raymond (firstname.lastname@example.org)