Vets, owners and regulators must work together more closely to curb the “unprecedented” menace that infectious diseases pose to the world horseindustry, according to equine specialists.

At the world’s first international equine disease forum, titled “Protecting against Equine diseases in a changing international environment”, more than 100 delegates and speakers called for increased global collaboration on equine diseases.

Professor Marian HorzinekBetter contingency planning, harmonising of diagnostic testing and the creation of an international disease prevention steering group were also mooted.

Marian Horzinek, from the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Utrecht’s veterinary school, called on international health organisations to work together to develop universal recommendations for horse movement and disease control.

He said: “We must both harmonise existing guidelines for the management of infectious diseases and develop new ones. Organisations must come together to develop a compact and coherent body of evidence-based recommendations for disease control and horse movement.”

For further details, see next week’s Veterinary Times.

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