Equine Diseases: Increasing International Risks

The risk of global dissemination of equine diseases has increased with the growth in international trade and competition. Specific diseases have been introduced or re-introduced into countries through the importation of equids/semen. Such incursions can have a very significant economic impact on the industries involved.
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Peter J. Timoney, MVB, MS, PhD, FRCVS, is a professor and Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington. He received a MVB degree in veterinary medicine from National University of Ireland (UCD), MS in virology from the University of Illinois, PhD from the University of Dublin, and Fellowship from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London. He has worked at the Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dublin, Ireland; Cornell University; and the Irish Equine Centre, and has specialized in infectious diseases of the horse since 1972.

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