Practical Biosecurity for Equine Veterinarians
But most of our horses don’t live in a perfect world, and most veterinary appointments take place in barns, not surgical suites. So, considering the environment and limitations for biosecurity, how can veterinarians and equine managers prevent disease spread between horses, especially during outbreaks?
To answer that question and find workable solutions, veterinarians and state animal health officials gathered for a table topic titled “Practical Biosecurity” at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, which took place Dec. 3-7, in Orlando, Florida. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada; and Tracy Norman, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, in Virginia, moderated the interactive discussion, which covered a variety of equine-related biosecurity issues. Two specific topics included horse farm and ambulatory practitioner biosecurity.
“The term biosecurity is really a misnomer when it comes to horses,” Weese said to the group as the session opened, and Norman nodded her head in
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