The Ontario Animal Health Network is a new program focusing on early disease detection in animals in order to identify disease and welfare trends and direct the appropriate action when necessary. To do this, the program has created expert veterinary networks for each species or commodity group. The Equine Expert Network is comprised of seven veterinarians with representation from the Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph and from private veterinary clinics representing different geographical regions and disciplines.
Veterinarians who provide services to horse owners are surveyed quarterly about the diseases and issues seen in practice. Results from this survey, along with a summary of laboratory results, are discussed by the Network to detect important trends and emerging horse health issues. The overall goal of the network is to improve the health of Ontario’s equine herd. Working together since March 2015, the group is very active and frequently posts information about diseases to be aware of and resources for horse owners.
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