Risk Mitigation Strategies for High-Performance Horses
The HHP horse is the international competitor, traveling from country to country several times a year for high-level Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) events or graded races. In cooperation with the FEI and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the OIE developed the HHP concept in 2014.
The OIE has now described regular management “pillars” that keep most equine diseases at bay for HHP horses. But it has also specified six diseases that, due to their risk of spreading, require specific testing and/or vaccination before entering a country, even in the highest-level horses. African horse sickness, equine influenza, equine infectious anemia, equine piroplasmosis, glanders, and Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis can all spread to other horses (and, in some cases, other species) even if caretakers follow stringent management practices, the OIE said.
The OIE has now defined “harmonized HHP requirements” for those six diseases with the “model HHP veterinary certificate,” which simplifies processes and ensures the highest sanitary standards, said Monique Eloit, DVM, director general of the OIE
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