A nationwide Biosurveillance Pilot Programme has been launched inward Canada to rail the epidemiology of the primary equine respiratory pathogens together with back upwards equine clinics.
Launched past times Equine Guelph’s teaching partner, Merck Animal Health, the programme fills an unmet ask inward Canada; although in that place are around initiatives at provincial levels, in that place is no nationwide equine biosurveillance programme inward the country.
In the resultant of an outbreak of mutual equine respiratory diseases, the programme is designed to back upwards equine clinics. It volition too enable the collection of information at the national score on the epidemiology of the primary equine respiratory pathogens. This information tin thence endure communicated to the Equus caballus manufacture to promote a improve cognition together with agreement of the ever-evolving nature together with dynamics of those pathogens.
In the initial phase, Merck’s Equine Biosurveillance Program volition endure offered to a express reveal of equine clinics. Future plans include rolling it out to a meaning reveal of practitioners. All costs of the programme are covered past times Merck Animal Health.
Pathogens tested through the programme include Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Equine Herpesvirus types 1 & 4, Equine Influenza Virus, Equine Rhinitis H5N1 together with B Viruses, together with Streptococcus equi subsp. equi.
Participating clinics are provided amongst a diagnostic kit containing all necessary cloth to collect together with submit samples to the Diagnostic Service of the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire inward St-Hyacinthe, University of Montreal.
Dr Serge Denis DVM, Equine Consultant for Merck Animal Health, said the initiatory would create goodness non entirely the participating clinics but the whole equine industry.
“By sharing the information collected through the programme, nosotros promise to contribute to a improve cognition together with agreement of the epidemiology of the primary equine respiratory diseases past times the diverse stakeholders endure it veterinarians, Equus caballus owners, barn managers or trainers,’’ Denis said.
Equine Guelph supports this national programme every bit it aims to create goodness overall welfare of horses inward Canada.
“The possibilities for developing best vaccination strategies through information gathered inward this biosurveillance programme are quite exciting,” says Gayle Ecker, manager of Equine Guelph.
“We encourage all Equus caballus owners to larn to a greater extent than virtually the importance of vaccinating past times visiting our vaccination resource.”