The equine industry is uniquely mobile with the result there is only a few degrees of separation between horses in the UK and abroad. This applies irrespective of what horses are used for, how much they travel or where they are are kept.
The threat of ‘exotic’ disease is therefore constant and although it is a challenge for leisure horse owners in the UK to consider themselves part of a global industry, it is essential that all owners and primary care practitioners include ‘exotic’ disease in their day to day differential lists. Trade (movement of horses and equine biological products) and climate change (alteration to vector biology and geographical range) are the major risks for disease incursion.
There is no room for complacency and this talk will review the current disease threats, using EIA, WNV and Glanders as examples.
Josh Slater, Professor in Equine Clinical Studies, RVC.
Running time: 53 minutes.
Part of the BVA / BEVA equine stream at London Vet Show 2017.