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Graduate Research in Equine Biosecurity

Alanna Kirby

Alanna Kirby

Before entering veterinary school at Colorado State University, Alanna Kirby MS completed her thesis research at Colorado State in 2008. Her research, under the direction of APHI faculty member, Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz, concerned infection control and prevention practices on equine boarding facilities in Colorado and highlighted the need for creating biosecurity awareness among equine facility managers.

Alanna proposed designing an easy, accessible on-line tool for horse owners and facility managers to determine risk on their premises. She and Dr. Traub-Dargatz found that a biosecurity calculator had been created by Equine Guelph, which is the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada.

Collaborative Effort

Using results from her thesis research, Alanna and Dr. Traub-Dargatz collaborated with Equine Guelph during the past year in an initiative supported by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc., to create an advanced online biosecurity resource for horse owners. The new, updated Biosecurity Risk Calculator is now available on Equine Guelph’s website.

horsesThe Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator is a valuable tool for horse/facility owners, offering them the opportunity to calculate the biosecurity risk on their farms while providing educational feedback on ways to decrease the risk of infectious disease.

Equine Guelph hopes to further educate horse owners in the area of equine biosecurity through a two-week online Biosecurity e-Class and additional workshops. The Biosecurity Risk Calculator will be an important component of these learning opportunities.

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