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Equine  Hendra Virus  Vaccination Policy
In Australia
Veterinarian
Equine  Hendra Virus  Vaccination Policy
In Australia
Veterinarian
Equine  Hendra Virus  Vaccination Policy
In Australia

WEB AUTHORS OPINION :

Perhaps the biggest threat to horse health in some parts of Australia is the policy that some surgeries follow – No Vaccination (Equivac HeV), no treatment. For horses with injuries, colic and other issues (not suspected Hendra symptoms) this particular policy has been blamed for the deaths and suffering of many horses who have either not been vaccinated for Hendra or where the horse’s vaccination status could not be established.

 

Even when horses were vaccinated there have been reports of lengthy delays where titre testing was required or the data base was not accessible/accurate.  I note that the Zoetis site Health4horses contains a database look-up, I assume this would require the input of the horses records by a vet.

The pros and cons of this policy are complicated as veterinarians have legal responsibilities to their staff, government bodies, professional standards etc.  and include perceived moral obligations to the clients and animals they treat as well as the personal right of refusal.

The best advice I can think of is be prepared. If your horse is vaccinated have legitimate proof/access to proof of your horse’s vaccination status that your treating vet will accept.  If your horse isn’t vaccinated then you need to know a couple of vets who will treat unvaccinated horses in your area or be prepared to wait for exclusion test results to rule out Hendra.

 

Sometimes vet’s willingness to treat an unvaccinated horse may be based on the symptoms the horse is exhibiting at the time, where it has travelled from or other relevant criteria at the specific time. Luckily, in many parts of Australia this isn’t an issue yet, but it pays to ask before you face a critical situation.

HORSE VACCINATION STATUS LOOKUP – MICROCHIP (Zoetis)

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.health4horses.com.au/horse-health-registry-lookup.aspx#?ReturnUrl=/index.aspx

It has now been reported that some vets in Queensland will not go out to treat a horse unless vaccination can be proven, which is possible due to a microchip and national database system that enables vaccinated horses to be easily identified.

Australian team vet Nathan Anthony adds that, "all equine hospitals in QLD are now restricting access of certain sick and some colic cases in unvaccinated horses and as of 1 January 2015 all of the major insurance companies have implemented a Hendra exclusion, that means that if there are delays in life saving treatment due to lack of proof of vaccination, then the policy will not pay out for mortality."

SOURCE LINK:

http://www.eurodressage.com/2015/01/13/hendra-virus-vaccine-debate

 

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSOCIATION POLICY- HENDRA 19 OCT 2018

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.ava.com.au/policy-advocacy/policies/horse-health-and-welfare/hendra-virus/?fbclid=IwAR3Kjk7HrBdHL0ottvw5XD8vp0MqgVyUyAhZLMEBRr-MXs9e1LjD04S99nM

 

REPORTING 

If your vet will not attend your horse you must report it to the ACCC
Details of ACCC email to info.centre@accc.gov.au and quote case no. 686514 and include any evidence if possible. Or telephone 1300 302 502.

The numbers you need to contact for any adverse reaction 
Zoetis 1800 814 883, 
DPI - NSW 1800 808 095. 
APVMA 1800 700 583 .

It is very important you also report your adverse reaction here.
SOURCE LINK:

https://portal.apvma.gov.au/aerp...

SOURCE LINK:

Parliamentary Inquiry link 
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/…/curre…/09-HendraVirusVacc

NO VAX/NO TREAT – A MARKETING STRATEGY???

EXCERPT FROM THE CHAMPS GROUP – FACEBOOK PAGE - opinion

Owners have been forced into Hendra vaccinating their horses to be able to access vet treatment from vets that have a No Vax/No Treat policy. Often owners have had, or worry of the risk of, sometimes serious adverse reactions and wouldn’t otherwise Hendra vaccinate their horses. Vets receive financial gain from the vet consult and the vaccination itself. In many areas, it has simply been a situation of Hendra vaccinate, or you don’t have a vet at all. Sounds a bit like blackmail in a kind of a way? We wondered where the idea of No Vax/No Treat came from....

 

It is very common to hear of protracted, painful horse deaths and misery from vets refusing to help unvaccinated horses - we see this as inhumane and cruel. The vaccine is hardly a panacea, although it sometimes appears to have been marketed this way, with the lowest possible level of efficacy for a veterinary vaccine. In a 5 tier scale provided by the APVMA to explain the expected level of effectiveness of the product, it is at the lowest level and is only registered as, “an aid in the prevention of clinical symptoms of the disease caused by Hendra virus”.

The Hendra vaccine issues have caused enormous stress in the equine world and sadly a lot of resentment towards vets. How did the owner-vet relationship sink to this point? Where is the empathy and compassion towards animals and people’s suffering that we want to see in our vets? Where has the respect and esteem for vets gone that owners formally had? Our animals and our vets are an integral part of our culture and community.

Where did the No Vax/No Treat idea come from? We found No Vax/No Treat was proposed by the AVA in a policy document on 16th August 2012, before the vaccine was even made available. This AVA policy statement was reproduced in marketing material by Zoetis in 2013. Alongside that, a No Vax/No Attend Events policy was also proposed and encouraged in the 2012 AVA policy document which was also reproduced in the pharma company marketing. 

From AVA 2012, reproduced in Zoetis marketing 2013, “For occupational health and safety reasons, VETERINARIANS MAY CHOOSE TO MAKE VACCINATION AGAINST HENDRA VIRUS (along with using personal protective equipment and infection control practices) A PRE-REQUISITE FOR VISITING OR TREATING HORSES WHEN THE VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE commercially.” (Our emphasis)

 

Vaccination uptake early on was slow. “Zoetis general manager Mike van Blommestein blamed the poor take-up on "lackadaisical" vets”. This changed dramatically in 2015 when 3 vets were prosecuted for the first time ever by Work Place Health and Safety Queensland, not for seeing unvaccinated horses, but for failing to observe safe work practices in managing Hendra cases. It just so happened that 2 of the 3 vets prosecuted were actually key vets in 2 equine disciplines in Queensland, in Eventing and Endurance. After this, these 2 disciplines moved towards compulsory Hendra vaccination to attend events. We do note that no convictions were made. So as we see it, the vets, owners and horses have all suffered.

 

WHSQ have since met with vets in a meeting in 2017 between Government, AVA vets and the horse industry to discuss the prosecutions and Work Place Health and Safety Queensland position around Hendra. A quote from the meeting report: “Vets should not be alarmed about their exposure to WHSQ prosecution with and around horses in Queensland of all statuses - vaccinated, unvaccinated and horses where the vaccination status has lapsed, provided reasonably practicable steps are taken to manage risk”.*

 

New Work Place Health and Safety Guidelines have been produced last year that are clearer and advise to use appropriate PPE, irrespective of vaccination status. Many people are now more informed. It is a rare disease, and no one has ever caught the disease unless they were not wearing PPE while conducting post mortems or high-risk invasive procedures. It has never occurred at an equine event, and there has never been a casual transmission to a human not doing high risk procedures.

 

It is time to step back and look at the whole debacle. We want to thank those vets that have stood by their clients. We want to thank those vets who have started seeing owner’s horses again when they have previously had a staunch No Vax/No Treat policy. …And to those that still have a staunch Hendra vac No Vax/No Treat policy, going forward, please have a good look at the big picture.

HENDRA VIRUS INFECTION IN A VETERINARIAN

SOURCE LINKS:

Refs:

These 2 sites have links to the pdfs:

http://shoalhavendressageclub.com.au/pdf/hendravirus.pdf early Zoetis Marketing see page 24

http://www.abec.net.au/…/hendra_vaccine_AVA_Policy_Briefing… AVA policy briefing 16th August 2012

*Report from Queensland Horse Industry Alliance (QHIA) to the Australian horse industry about the WHSQ position and Hendra, from the Horse Biosecurity, Marketing and Liaison Group (HBMALG) meeting held in October, 2017. Full report was reproduced in CHAMPS site.

SOURCE LINKS:

https://www.abc.net.au/…/vets-prosecuted-over-hendr…/6801422

SOURCE LINKS:

http://www.abec.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/hendra_vaccine_AVA_Policy_Briefing.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1ygYkbBMJ4aTcZT42omLh3SBLLQeEiLPX2oSO0CcGAWv1OkxbWmffZklU

SOURCE LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/465066336972242/permalink/1773879786090884/

 

“'LAX' VETS MEAN FEW HENDRA VACCINES”

SOURCE LINKS:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/lax-vets-mean-few-hendra-vaccines/news-story/243ca4ec8e44510c8f923e95bae2b9e1

The Australian March 16, 2013

 

 

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