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USDA: Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Announced

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to move swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations. Read More

USDA Releases Equine Piroplasmosis Literature Review

Concerns about equine piroplasmosis (EP), a blood-borne disease considered to be foreign to the United States, have prompted educational efforts to inform veterinarians and horse owners about the disease. Read More

Kentucky Farm Numbers Increase Slightly

In 2009, there were 85,500 farms in Kentucky, up 200 farms from a year ago according to the Kentucky Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. A farm is defined as "any establishment from which $1,000 or more Read More

USDA Clarification on the Issue of the West Nile Virus Vaccine: Vaccine Safe for Use

From the USDA:

"Some recent stories have suggested that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile Virus Vaccine approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may cause pregnant mares to abort or give birth to deformed foals. The Read More

Canada Reports First 2003 Presumed WNV-Positive Bird

York Region Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hanif Kassam, has announced that a dead crow has undergone testing and is presumed to be positive for West Nile virus (WNV ). The crow was found in the town of Newmarket. The bird is the first Read More

AAEP to Hold Equine Health Forum During USA Equestrian Annual Convention

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is sponsoring an equine health forum on Fri., Jan. 17, as part of USA Equestrian’s Annual Meeting in Lexington, Ky. The forum is free to all USA Equestrian members and guests attending the Read More

Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 17

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) or reported by state officials so far this year is now 5,380. That is an increase of 774 cases Read More

Behavior Symposium will Feature Natural Horsemanship

Horse owners will have the chance to saddle up alongside Robert M. Miller DVM, to experience the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort's "Natural Horsemanship" symposium offered Nov. 17-20, 2002. The event is designed to introduce equine enthusiasts to Read More

CSU Launches First Combined DVM and MBA Degree

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the College of Business at Colorado State University have launched the first program in North America combining the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Business Read More

Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 31, 2001

There have been 347 cases (344 confirmed, three probable) of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection in horses from 18 States (see Summary by state and county, below). Of 262 horses for which an outcome has been reported to date, at Read More

Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 1, 2001

There have been 137 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States.

The horses are from:

  • 1 county in Alabama: Dale (Ozark, 2);
  • 2 counties in Connecticut: Read More

Equine Cases of West Nile Virus, Jan. 1-Sept. 19, 2001

There have been 110 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States. The States that most recently reported their first equine case(s) in 2001 are: Alabama (Dale County, 2), Massachusetts (Plymouth Read More

EPM Vaccine Is Licensed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 18 that it had issued a conditional license to Fort Dodge Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a division of American Home Products, Inc., for a vaccine intended to aid in Read More

EU Places Import Restrictions

The European Commission of the European Union (EU) has notified the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that import restrictions have been placed on horses from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Read More

Readyville, Tennessee, Horse Owner Settles Horse Protection Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Randy Wimberly of Readyville, Tenn., have settled charges of Horse Protection Act violations.

"Horse soring is in no way considered a proper form of Read More

1998 Federal Grazing Fee Announced

The grazing fee for Western public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 1998, which is the same amount charged in 1997. The formula used Read More

CEM Update From the USDA

Original Isolation (California) on Nov. 24, 1997, bacterial cultures were obtained from a mammoth donkey jack located in Sacramento County, Calif., in preparation to qualify his semen for export. Specimens were submitted to Read More