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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 3, 2012 19:05

“Beat the Bugs” with Biosecurity, Protect your horse from infectious diseases


Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph is launching its first-ever online session on equine biosecurity from April 16 to 29, 2012 for horse owners and caregivers.  Over a two-week period, owners will learn how to protect their horse(s) from infectious diseases:  1. Identify risks of infectious disease in the barn, 2. Apply practical ways to reduce your risks of disease and 3. Reduce the chances of sickness in horses.  The new, convenient two-week format is delivering what the equine industry has been asking for; a short course full of practical advice based on the horse owners needs!


"Attendees of this online course will get a detailed explanation of the various aspects of infection control and have an opportunity to discuss the topic with industry experts," says Dr. Josie Traub-Gargatz, professor at Colorado State University.  "Infection control is an important part of caring for your horse(s). Assessing your current control plan in an objective way through use of the biosecurity calculator, which is part of the course, can help you identify strengths in your control plan.  It can also help you determine if there are areas you may want to discuss further with your veterinarian based on identified low scores."


Equine Guelph’s “Beat the Bugs with Biosecurity,” program promotes biosecurity throughout all sectors of the horse industry. 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.

“Beat the Bugs” has been developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of its 12 industry partners, American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Colorado State University, 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.


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