New Online Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator Available

With cold and flu season approaching, you're ready to do everything in your power to reduce your chances of catching a cold. But how do you rate in keeping your horses safe from infectious disease?

Equine Guelph (University of Guelph) recently introduced their new Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator--a tool designed for horse owners that generates a report "grading" them on their farm's biosecurity management practices.

Equine Guelph developed the interactive tool in collaboration with Colorado State University and this educational resource is sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

"Every horse owner should think about a biosecurity management plan," said Karan Ann Paradis, Equine Product Manager of Vétoquinol. "Having a solid understanding of equine health, infectious disease, and disease control is paramount in reducing biosecurity risk in a high-risk industry. Vétoquinol is delighted to support the development of this important educational tool for caretakers."

The online resource helps horse owners calculate the biosecurity risk on their farms and also provides educational feedback on ways to decrease the risk of infectious disease. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks owners to answer 42 questions in 10 categories about their farms and management practices. The tool then rates individual biosecurity risks in each category. Possible scores include green for go (keep doing what you're doing), yellow for caution (consider improvements), and red for stop (reassess to reduce serious risk).

"The online resource will give horse owners a great starting point by revealing the potential risks currently present on their own farm and the most practical ways to decrease those risks," says Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, AAEP Foundation chairman. "The AAEP Foundation is pleased to collaborate with our partners in Canada and the U.S. to provide this valuable tool for horse owners in North America."

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