Published: 20/07/2016 16:07:02
PROTECTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP - WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT EQUINE INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Infectious diseases, their control and the spread of disease worldwide is not only a human concern, but is a threat to our equines too. At the AHT we are committed to the diagnosis and surveillance of many infectious diseases affecting horses, ponies and donkeys in the UK and overseas – and now you can help us tackle these issues too!
Our new research project, collaborating with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the University of Nottingham, aims to help owners protect their horses, ponies and donkeys from infectious disease in the hope of increasing awareness, best practices and ultimately, nationwide horse health.
This three-year study, generously funded by The Horse Trust, hopes to improve the accessibility of guidelines available for horse owners to use in the control of infectious disease; as current published advice can seem complicated to follow, and may not always be realistic for individual equestrian premises and owners to undertake. The study, conducted by veterinary surgeon Dr Caroline Hodgkinson during her PhD research, will work closely with vets and owners in Britain to produce recommendations that will be practical, effective and able to be tailored to individual requirements.
The first stage of the study requires owners of horses, ponies and donkeys to complete a detailed questionnaire about their management practices and yard environment, as well as their own experience of infectious disease control. In order to get a representative sample of horse owners, we are aiming to receive at least 1,000 completed questionnaires. All horse owners are eligible to participate, whether or not they have experience of infectious disease, and all information provided will be vital for the future control of these diseases.
Veterinary practices participating in this new research study will be inviting their clients to sign up for the survey, and we are currently inviting licensed riding schools and equestrian premises throughout Britain to take part.
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