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Equine  Hendra Vaccination -
The Thoroughbred Racing Perspective
Equine  Hendra Vaccination -
The Thoroughbred Racing Perspective
In Australia
In Australia
Equine  Hendra Vaccination -
The Thoroughbred Racing Perspective
Equine  Hendra Vaccination -
The Thoroughbred Racing Perspective
In Australia
In Australia

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WHY THIS PAGE?

For thoroughbred owners, related equine industry professionals and participants who may land on this page as a starting point, you may be wondering why this website exists. I have done this because I love horses. I have been and horse owner, competitor, dressage judge and associated with racehorses for over 45 year in various capacities. After observing the trauma and heartache that the issue of vaccinating horses using Zoetis Equivac HeV Hendra Virus Vaccine has caused in my sector of the equestrian community caused by the alleged related serious reactions following this vaccination I became alarmed when I read some of the publicity (following on this page) regarding compulsory vaccination in the Thoroughbred industry for certain areas in Australia.

 

From a racehorse owner’s perspective, I know that information is not always conveyed effectively or completely, nor is it always understood by the ‘non horsey’ owner. I felt that I could help provide a basic resource on this subject so that those affected could be informed of the issues and make considered decisions for their horses based on some knowledge. At lease I have provided you with a starting point, make sure you read all the pages so that you hve a sound overview.

On mandatory vaccination To some degree I understand the trainers and stud principals attitude to the Hendra vaccination, after all racing and breeding are industries.  As employers, they have onerous responsibilities regarding their staff, insurance implications, legislation, O.H.S., biosecurity etc. However, the decision by some studs in certain geographic areas to make the Hendra Vaccination mandatory for all horses has the capacity to severely negatively impact their businesses, with owners perhaps opting to keep their horses in 'non Hendra' geographic regions rather than risk vaccination / Hendra. 

And what about the shuttle stallions? Will they be vaccinated? Will their international owners risk vaccinating their valuable stallions? There’s the real risk of talking  up the  (remote) chance of horses catching Hendra that these stallions will no longer come to Australia.

Will informed owners want to possibly risk their horse’s health/ value/ useability sending their horses to trainers/ studs where Hendra vaccinations are mandatory? Do they understand the risks of vaccinating or not vaccinating - including the 'official' ones and the very many 'un-official' reactions? Do trainers, stud masters and handlers fully understand what this vaccine is registered to do?

And what about

There are so many un-answered questions, not the least being on the Zoetis vaccination packaging. Owners are entitled to make informed decisions.

Regarding the following study-  I personally find it highly improbable that only recreational and competition horses have experienced reactions to the Hendra Vaccine, not thoroughbred racehorses.  What were the parameters used for classifying ‘a reaction? Regarding the following study investigating the affects of the vaccine on racehorse performance – I understand that racehorse trainers use their horse’s temperature measurements to determine their horse’s health before a race, bloods are also frequently taken as a measure of health. Racehorse temperatures are taken far more often than recreational and competition horses. Could the results of the following study be influenced by the fact that only clinically healthy horses competed in the races studied, horses with any symptoms were not raced, this would include horses with vaccination ‘reactions’ as they would be judged to be not fit to race?

 

 RELATED LINKS: 

 

NEW STUDY CONFIRMS HENDRA VACCINE DOES NOT AFFECT RACING PERFORMANCE  - February 2018

SOURCE LINK:

http://www.horsecouncil.org.au/news/new-study-confirms-hendra-vaccine-not-affect-racing-performance/

HORSES MOUTH COMMENT ON THE ABOVE -   Highly questionable!

LINK:

Update your knowledge re Hendra

 

LEADING STUD FARMS TAKE STAND AGAINST HENDRA VIRUS

AUSTRALIAN BREEDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO VACCINATE ALL BROODMARES-  July 2, 2019

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/234497/leading-stud-farms-take-stand-against-hendra-virus?fbclid=IwAR2yJPKAl9APwxyGDy2mlJkvUY4ipUV6KMd9bz9XiL00H9NbfRlIav0p2kY

 

 

A PLUS VETS PTY LTD  JULY 19 POST ON FACEBOOK

 

Hendra Vaccination is now compulsory for horses in training with Chris Waller Racing and most stud farms in the Hunter Valley.

See Chris Wallers letter :

https://www.facebook.com/APlusVets/posts/1335840979924481/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.facebook.com/APlusVets/posts/1335840979924481/

 

LEADING STUD FARMS TAKE STANCE AGAINST DEADLY HENDRA VIRUS-   JUL 2 2019

Breeders will be required to have their broodmares vaccinated against the potentially deadly Hendra virus (HeV) after the Hunter Valley's biggest stallion farms introduced a change of policy aimed at protecting humans and livestock during the 2019 season.

Arrowfield, Aquis Farm, Coolmore, Darley, Kingstar Farm, Kitchwin Hills, Newgate, Vinery and Yarraman Park released a joint statement on Monday night outlining the change, which is to remain in place indefinitely.

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/leading-stud-farms-take-stance-against-deadly-hendra-virus/388424?fbclid=IwAR2MAT1anVfOrBEijWKJpcm38IDKSIRAi5MY8PNEh961jRpp3uD9pVHBkzQ

 

RACING NSW- AN IMPORTANT REMINDER TO TRAINERS CONCERNING HENDRA VIRUS

HENDRA VIRUS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR INFECTION -13/6/19

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.racingnsw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Hendra-virus-web-article-2019-13-JUNE.pdf

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