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Notice to the Industry - Equine Herpes at Sports Creek

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2013 10:13

Report of case of Equine Herpes at Sports Creek in Michigan

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has been made aware of a case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in a horse that raced at Sports Creek Raceway on December 19th.

Due to the report of this confirmed case, ORC Veterinarian Supervisor Dr. Bruce Duncan advises that Ontario racetracks need to be cautious. “The racing industry is very mobile. While it is up to the discretion of the track, I strongly recommend that race secretaries not accept entries from horses that have raced at this track in the past 30 days.”


Survey of Current Biosecurity Procedures at Breeding Farms

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 17, 2012 08:53

Healthy horses are the key to a sustainable equine industry. Biosecurity plays a vital role in both individual horse and herd health. To help assess current biosecurity practices and training needs at breeding farms, breeding farm owners are invited to participate in a research study being coordinated by Dr. Ulrika Gronlund Andersson and Dr. Scott Weese from the University of Guelph.  The confidential survey will take between 45 - 60 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr. Scott Weese of the Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph at 519-824-4120 ext 54064 or jsweese@uoguelph.ca.
Take this survey online at:http://www.easyresearch.se/s.asp?WID=868515&Pwd=75871771

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 19, 2012 11:04

Equine Guelph's eWorkshop Helps You Protect Your Horse from Infectious Diseases -  "Beat the Bugs" with Biosecurity
Guelph, Ontario - Back by popular demand, Equine Guelph has announced the second offering of the Biosecurity Prevention eWorkshop from October 22 - November 4, 2012.  Equine Guelph's new eWorkshops are two-week online short courses designed for busy horse owners. They provide the latest evidence-based information available from University of Guelph and industry experts.
Take a look at Equine Guelph's Report on Research video with University of Guelph's Dr. Scott Weese outlining practical points of what a horse owner can do to reduce the chances of his or her horse catching an infectious disease such as West Nile Virus.
Dr. Weese, who also authors the "Worms and Germs" blog, says "Having a basic infection control plan in place is probably the biggest thing someone can do to reduce the risk of disease."
Weese goes on to stress, "It does not matter what you do with your horse(s), or whether you have only one horse, or a herd of 100, as an owner you should have a general idea of the measures you are going to take in order to reduce the risk of infection."
Weese has been working in the area of biosecurity and infection control for over 15 years, always looking for better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention. He gives talks at Equine Guelph's new biosecurity workshops and two week eWorkshop.
In fact, Weese was the first speaker at Equine Guelph's "Beat the Bugs" biosecurity workshops launched last April for horse enthusiasts around the globe. He says, "Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs are great for getting people thinking in a broader context when it comes to infection control and putting into practice the easy day-to-day steps which can reduce outbreaks of disease."
The two week eWorkshop introduces practical steps that are easy to make into daily habits including:
1. Identifying risks of infectious disease in the barn and creating a practical biosecurity plan.
2. Reducing risks of disease by having and using hand washing stations, clean footwear and rules for visitors.
3. Having protocols for isolating new and returning horses. Biosecurity is just as important on the road and when visiting other venues. Disease is easily spread through equipment sharing.
The first eWorkshop was positively received:
Patty Russen, New York, USA said, "This course offered extensive information on biosecurity. I believe it to be valuable, and even essential, for any barn owner or for any horse owner/boarder that wants to protect and give their horse the best and safest conditions possible." 
"Beat the Bugs" is an awareness campaign developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of 13 industry partners: the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Colorado State University, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, Ontario Veterinary College, Standardbred Canada, Vétoquinol Canada Inc. and Woodbine Entertainment Group.
The program is funded through the Agricultural Biosecurity Program (ABP), part of the Best Practices Suite of programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario.
For more information about Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs and to view the Biosecurity Calculator please visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php or contact Susan Raymond at
Equine Guelph, slraymon@uoguelph.ca.
Equine Guelph offers award-winning online education from one of the top universities in Canada - the University of Guelph.   Students benefit from insights offered by leading industry experts from across North America. Equine Guelph's online program has attracted over 1,000 students from all around the world, including every province in Canada, the United States, France, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Israel, Columbia, India and South Africa. Equine Guelph is known worldwide as one of the most respected online equine learning communities.
Don't miss out- on the next two-week eWorkshop October 22 - November 4, 2012. Cost is $75 + HST.
Visit http://www.equineguelph.ca/biosecurity_esessions.php for course details.

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New Import Measures for Horses Entering Canada from the United States

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 11, 2012 13:16

OTTAWA, May 4, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is implementing new import measures to protect Canadian livestock from an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis reported in New Mexico, United States.
Effective immediately, horses originating from the state of New Mexico will not be permitted to enter Canada. Canadian horses returning from New Mexico will be allowed entry into Canada if additional import requirements are met. In addition, all horses entering Canada from the United States must be accompanied by official US documents certifying that they have not been in New Mexico within the previous 21 days.
Details on these import measures can be found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that can affect horses, ruminants (such as cattle, sheep and members of the deer and llama families) and swine. It can also cause influenza-like symptoms in people who come into contact with infected animals. Protective clothing should be worn when handling suspect animals to help prevent exposure to the virus.
Canada is currently free of vesicular stomatitis. It was last diagnosed in Canada in 1949. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in Canada could result in a loss of markets for live animals, meat and animal genetics.
For more information on vesicular stomatitis call 1-800-442-2342, visit www.inspection.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter for the latest on animal health: www.twitter.com/CFIA_Animals

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Biosecurity Tool – Does Your Barn get the Green Light?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 14, 2012 18:37


With all the breaking news on the importance of biosecurity – Isn’t it time to bone up on preventative measures your barn could be taking?   Calculate your horse farm’s risks with Equine Guelph’s Biosecurity Risk Calculator, a tool designed for horse owners to generate a report that grades them on their biosecurity management practices on their farms.  See if you score a green, amber or red light.

Live and online at Biosecurity Calculator, the interactive tool is an educational resource of Equine Guelph (University of Guelph) developed in collaboration with Colorado State University and sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.


"Every horse owner should think about a biosecurity management plan,” says Karen Ann Paradis, Equine Product Manager of Vétoquinol. “Having a solid understanding of equine health, infectious disease and disease control is paramount in reducing biosecurity risk in a high-risk industry."


After taking the 10 minute, 42 question Biosecurity Calculator quiz - turn those amber scores green by increasing your knowledge with Equine Guelph’s biosecurity workshops this March and 2 week e-Session April 16 - 29.    The combined feedback from the Biosecurity Calculator and Equine Guelph’s upcoming programs will provide you with the best practices for decreasing risk of infectious disease in your horse(s).  


To learn more about Equine Guelph’s biocesurity programs visit:    www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php