University of Calgary Seeking Participation in EHV-1 Study

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is seeking participation in a follow-up study on the 2010 equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak stemming from a National Cutting Horse Association event held in Ogden, Utah, last May, according to a letter from the college.

"The goal of this research is to identify factors associated with the outbreak in order to prevent and control outbreaks, particularly at horse shows or gatherings in the future," the letter read.

"The study will consist of two questionnaires sent to owners of horses that attended the Ogden event (primary exposed horses) and to owners that did not attend the Ogden show but had horses that were affected with EHV-1 in the period following this event," the letter continued. "These secondary exposed horses may have attended shows until the end of May 2011."

Those interested in participating are asked to contact Michel Levy, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of Large Animal Medicine, at mlevy@ucalgary.ca or 403/210-7476.

The participation in the study is voluntary and all personal information will be kept confidential.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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