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An Irish Clinical Perspective: Biosecurity and the role of Veterinary Ireland Meta Osborne MVB CertESM MRCVS EDUCATION + COMMUNICATION + PARTNERSHIP What is Veterinary Ireland? The representative body for vets in Ireland (1200 members) Committed to improving animal health & welfare

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an irish clinical perspective biosecurity and the role of veterinary ireland

An Irish Clinical Perspective:Biosecurityand the role of Veterinary Ireland

Meta Osborne MVB CertESM MRCVS

what is veterinary ireland
What is Veterinary Ireland?
  • The representative body for vets in Ireland (1200 members)
  • Committed to
    • improving animal health & welfare
    • protecting public health
  • 6 interest groups
  • Veterinary Ireland Equine Group has over 200 members
what does veterinary ireland do
What does Veterinary Ireland do?

EDUCATION

COMMUNICATION

what does veterinary ireland do6
What does Veterinary Ireland do?
  • Education
    • Mandatory CVE from January 2012
    • Annual Irish Equine Veterinary Conference
    • Facilitate local clinical societies
    • Work with organisations such as BEVA & ITBA
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What does Veterinary Ireland do?

Communication

  • with members
    • Veterinary Journal
    • VetView
    • website
    • Email/text alerts
  • with outside bodies & agencies
    • DAFF, IEC, ITBA, ISPCA
equine biosecurity
Equine biosecurity

“management practices that minimise and prevent the movement of disease on, off and within a venue”

(Animal Health Australia, 2009)

movement of animals
Movement of animals
  • resident population
    • movement within farm
    • temporary movement off farm
      • veterinary hospital
      • breeding shed
      • Sales
      • Competition
  • newcomers
    • sales, competition
movement of objects
Movement of objects

Equipment and tack

  • feed and water buckets
  • bridles, headcollars, bits, leadropes, twitches, rugs, rollers, saddles, girths, numnahs
  • grooming kits
  • thermometers, dosing syringes
  • Veterinary equipment (syringes, needles, suture kits, giving sets, endoscopes, specs)
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Movement of objects
  • Vehicles
    • horse transport
    • Tractors
    • feed lorries
    • cars/jeeps (staff & visitors)
movement of people
Movement of people
  • staff (full/part-time)
  • professionals & contractors

KEEP THE

GATE

CLOSED!

equine biosecurity the role of the veterinary clinician
Equine Biosecurity – the role of the veterinary clinician
  • “pivot person”
    • Often first on scene to examine a clinical case
    • veterinary training, knowledge and experience
    • ambulatory - has been on other holdings, will visit other holdings
    • awareness – outbreaks within practice area/locally/nationally/internationally
  • Preemptive role in advising on optimum biosecurity procedures
biosecurity what can the vet do
BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE VET DO?
  • EDUCATION
    • Self: CVE (relevant, up-to-date, evidence-based)
    • Others:
      • Practice staff
      • Farm owners/managers
      • Yard staff
      • Equine groups (ITBA, Pony Club, Riding Clubs etc)
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BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE VET DO?
  • COMMUNICATION
      • Full explanation of (tentative) diagnosis & differentials
      • Outline of further testing/treatment plan
      • Further consultations – 2nd opinion from a colleague, discussion of case with IEC or local DVO
      • Client confidentiality vs vet’s legal & ethical responsibilities
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BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE VET DO?
  • PARTNERSHIP
    • With horse owner/manager
      • Biosecurity plan (tailored to holding/enterprise)
        • PREVENT SPREAD
          • Between animals (quarantena)
          • By people
          • By things
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BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE VET DO?
  • PARTNERSHIP = SHARING
    • With professional colleagues
      • Dissemination of information
      • CVE
    • With industry bodies
biosecurity what can the horse owner do
BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE HORSE OWNER DO?
  • EDUCATION
    • STAY INFORMED – know what threats are out there (local/national/international)
    • trade papers & journals, education opportunities via ITBA
  • COMMUNICATION
    • With staff & visitors (professional & others)
    • With industry bodies
    • You own the horse, not the disease, and not the industry!
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BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE HORSE OWNER DO?

PARTNERSHIP

  • Draw up a biosecurity plan with input from staff & vets
  • Plan should be
    • Easy to follow
    • Compatible with day-to-day running of enterprise
    • Inexpensive
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BIOSECURITY – WHAT CAN THE HORSE OWNER DO?
  • PARTNERSHIP
      • Strength in numbers:
        • Join ITBA!
        • Ask vet if he/she is a member of Veterinary Ireland
what your vet can expect from you
What your vet can expect from you
  • Openness & honesty
    • animal ID
    • history
    • records
  • Compliance
    • Follow through on control measures & treatments
what you can expect from your vet
What you can expect from your vet

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE

    • known knowns  unknown unknowns
  • PROFESSIONALISM
    • ethical behaviour
    • care & empathy
    • honesty & trust
    • communication skills
    • cleanliness & hygiene
prevention of disease spread what you can expect from your vet
Prevention of disease spread - what you can expect from your vet
  • Clean footwear and clothing on arrival
  • Clean instruments & equipment, good hygiene & clinical waste disposal during procedures
  • Good hygiene as I leave yard (more likely that I did the same at the previous yard I visited)
ostriches biosecurity
Ostriches & biosecurity

Ostrich attitude is never a good idea!

no more ostriches
NO MORE OSTRICHES!
  • If you have an infectious disease problem – admit it!
  • If your horse is on a farm with an infectious disease problem, be a part of the solution, not part of the problem!

X

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NO MORE OSTRICHES!
  • COMMUNICATION: Let people know what’s going on and what you are doing to control it
  • DEBRIEFING: when the dust has settled, try to figure out what happened and why, to help prevent the problem recurring.

X

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“hope is not an infection control strategy – you have to work at it!

Dr Scott Weese DVM, University of Guelph

THANK YOU!

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