Vet Fined for Failing to Meet Safety Hendra Virus Standards

The Australian vet did not provide the owner with all the necessary protective gear while testing a horse for Hendra.

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Australian equine veterinarian Matt Morahan, BVSc, has been placed on a two-year, $3,000 good behavior bond after pleading guilty to failing to meet safety standards while attending to an unvaccinated sick horse suspected of having Hendra virus.

No conviction was recorded against Morahan, however costs of $1,000 were awarded against him.

The Southport Magistrates Court, in Queensland, Australia, heard that Morahan was called to a property to inspect a sick horse at night in July 2013. The court heard he did not provide the owner with all the necessary protective equipment while testing the animal.

Justice Joan White said she did not believe Morahan was deliberately negligent

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