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Ms. Katie Flynn - Biosecurity - Logical, Implementable BioSecurity Plans for Horseshows


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Biosecurity - Logical, Implementable BioSecurity Plans for Horseshows - Ms. Katie Flynn, BVMS, MRCVS, Equine Staff Veterinarian, California Department of Food & Agriculture, from the 2016 NIAA Annual Conference: From Farm to Table - Food System Biosecurity for Animal Agriculture, April 4-7, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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Ms. Katie Flynn - Biosecurity - Logical, Implementable BioSecurity Plans for Horseshows

  1. 1. Protecting Equine Health Biosecurity – Logical, Implementable Biosecurity Plans for Horseshows Dr. Katie Flynn California Department of Food and Agriculture Animal Health Branch
  2. 2. Protecting Equine Health The Perfect Storm at a Show • Entry and Movement of the Disease Agent • Exposure of Stressed Susceptible Horse Populations • Environmental Spread of Disease • Lack of Biosecurity
  3. 3. Biosecurity • Practices that – Reduce the chance infectious diseases will be carried on to a event premises – Reduce the spread of infectious diseases on event grounds.
  4. 4. Protecting Equine Health Biosecurity: A Common Sense Approach
  5. 5. Protecting Equine Health How do I start on a biosecurity Plan? Step 1: Identify Risks for Disease Entry
  6. 6. Protecting Equine Health Will the school allow a child with a fever into the classroom?
  7. 7. Protecting Equine Health Do you allow a sick horse onto your show grounds? What steps do you take to ensure healthy horses enter the show grounds?
  8. 8. Protecting Equine Health Step 2: Identify Potential Ways for Disease Pathogen Spread at the Event “Follow the Horse” • Direct contact – Horses – Livestock – Dogs – Humans • Indirect Contact – Hands – Clothing – Equipment – Communal Areas
  9. 9. Protecting Equine Health How often do you share a drink with multiple people?
  10. 10. Do you share a tissue after you have used it?
  11. 11. Protecting Equine Health What’s under the mats?
  12. 12. Protecting Equine Health Commingling of Horses: How can we reduce the risk?
  13. 13. Protecting Equine Health How can we reduce the risk of fixed stabling?
  14. 14. Protecting Equine Health Human to Horse Contact
  15. 15. Protecting Equine Health Dogs at Equine Events
  16. 16. Protecting Equine Health Facility Risk Assessment Tools
  17. 17. Protecting Equine Health Step 3: Address High Risks: Implement Targeted Biosecurity • Targets: – Horse Entry – Stabling – Isolation – Health Monitoring • Exhibitor Education and Participation • Simple Low Cost Approach
  18. 18. Protecting Equine Health Horse Entry • Entry health requirements • Healthy horse inspections • Animal identification • Plan for sick horses on arrival
  19. 19. Protecting Equine Health Stabling • Ensure adequate number of stalls for event. • Clean and Disinfect stabling • Stable horses of similar disease risk and health status – Ie out of state horses should not be mixed with local horses. • Limit human contact or provide hand sanitizers at the end of stable row. • Ensure proper ventilation and air flow
  20. 20. Protecting Equine Health Cleaning and Disinfection Tools
  21. 21. Protecting Equine Health Keeping Horse Healthy Poster
  22. 22. Protecting Equine Health Temperature Monitoring Log
  23. 23. Protecting Equine Health Sick Horse at the Event • Pre-planning is critical to success of disease control • Evaluation of the situation – Sick horse and exposed horse assessment • Isolation – WHERE: Ideally off site – WHEN? IMMEDIATELY – WHAT to isolate? Fever, neurologic horse, profuse diarrhea, etc – WHO to notify? Determine in advance who is responsible for isolation?
  24. 24. Protecting Equine Health Guidance for Isolation Set Up
  25. 25. Protecting Equine Health Monitoring Movement and Isolation Areas
  26. 26. Protecting Equine Health Exhibitor Education and Participation • Advance notification – Outline horse health requirements – Outline exhibitor biosecurity expectations – Ideally part of premium booklets or show informational materials • Onsite education – Signage: Biosecurity posters – Staff practicing good biosecurity • Consequences for failure to comply
  27. 27. Protecting Equine Health Benefits of a Biosecurity Plan at Equine Events • Lessens threat of disease • Addresses well being of horses • Improves owner/trainer satisfaction • Reduces “Risk of Liability” • Provides for forward planning • Promote business continuity for event and venue
  28. 28. Protecting Equine Health Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events
  29. 29. Protecting Equine Health Acknowledgements • Dr. Kent Fowler • Dr. John Madigan • Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz • Dr. Ellen Mary Wilson • EMMP Advisory Committee Members
  30. 30. Protecting Equine Health Contact Information: Dr. Katie Flynn Office: 916-900-5039 Fax: 916-900-5338