Equine Guelph Offers Additional Equine Biosecurity eWorkshop

Equine Guelph has announced the second offering of the Biosecurity Prevention eWorkshop from Oct. 22 - Nov. 4, 2012. Equine Guelph's new eWorkshops are two-week online short courses designed for busy horse owners. They provide the latest evidence-based information available from University of Guelph and industry experts.

Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, says, "Having a basic infection control plan in place is probably the biggest thing someone can do to reduce the risk of disease." Weese goes on to stress, "It does not matter what you do with your horse(s), or whether you have only one horse, or a herd of 100, as an owner you should have a general idea of the measures you are going to take in order to reduce the risk of infection."

Weese has been working in the area of biosecurity and infection control for over 15 years, always looking for better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention. He gives talks at Equine Guelph's new biosecurity workshops and two week eWorkshop.

Weese was the first speaker at Equine Guelph's "Beat the Bugs" biosecurity workshops launched last April for horse enthusiasts around the globe. He says, "Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs are great for getting people thinking in a broader context when it comes to infection control and putting into practice the easy day-to-day steps which can reduce outbreaks of disease."

The two-week eWorkshop introduces practical steps that are easy to make into daily habits including:

  • Identifying risks of infectious disease in the barn and creating a practical biosecurity plan;
  • Reducing risks of disease by having and using hand washing stations, clean footwear, and rules for visitors; and
  • Having protocols for isolating new and returning horses.

"Beat the Bugs" is an awareness campaign developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of 13 industry partners: the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Colorado State University, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, Ontario Veterinary College, Standardbred Canada, Vétoquinol Canada Inc., and Woodbine Entertainment Group.

The cost for the upcoming course is $75 + HST. Visit www.equineguelph.ca/biosecurity_esessions.php for course details. For more information about Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php or contact Susan Raymond at slraymon@uoguelph.ca.

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