OAEP Distinguished Life Member Award - Ontario Association for Equine Practitioners

 

Dr. Bell has been awarded the OAEP Distinguished Life Member Award in 2016. The Distinguished Life Member Award is presented to members who have made outstanding contributions to the Association.


Volunteer of the Year Award - Equine Canada 2014


Dr. Bell has been awarded the Equine Canada Volunteer of the Year award for 2014. This award acknowledges tireless volunteers who have contributed to the advancement of equine and equestrian interests in Canada. This award is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of individuals who generously give their time in order to support the goals and vision of Equine Canada.


 

National Biosecurity Standard Canada (CFIA)


September 12, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recently announced they are now working together with Equestrian Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to produce a farm-level biosecurity standard that will help to protect Canada’s equine industry from disease. Dr. Bell is Co-Chair of the committee responsible for producing this national standard.

Click here for further information on the announcement



April 16, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in collaboration with Equestrian Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and other partner organizations is working to develop a farm and facility-level biosecurity standard that will help protect Canada's equine industry from animal diseases.

The biosecurity standard is a tool to assist horse owners and custodians in protecting horse health on farms and facilities by minimizing the risks of the transmission of diseases.  Horse owners and custodians, in consultation with their veterinarian, can use the biosecurity guidelines and best practices in the standard to develop a biosecurity plan to manage the risks on their farms and facilities.

A biosecurity guide will accompany the standard and provide additional information on approaches that can be used to achieve the biosecurity goals. The standard identifies "what" biosecurity goals and practices should be achieved and the guide will identify the "how".  Development and completion of the guide will occur following consultation on the standard.

The equine biosecurity standard will:


Good biosecurity practices limit the exposure to animal diseases. These practices allow the routine movement, transport and assembly of horses to continue, preserving the sustainability of the equine industry.

Your input on the voluntary national standard is requested to ensure the standard reflects the needs of horse owners and custodians on farms and facilities across Canada. 

You can review the current Draft of Standard and forward your feedback to Julie Cull, jcull@equinecanada.ca.


 

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in Canada


EIA is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Regulations. This means that all suspected cases must be reported to the CFIA. Canada’s control program for EIA which involves voluntary testing by horse owners has made great progress in reducing the prevalence of EIA in Canada. However, confirmed cases of the disease are still being detected in Western Canada. Horse owners should take the necessary precautions to help protect their horses, especially if purchasing or receiving horses from this area.

**Update 01/14/2016 - A working group has been put in place to help determine the best means of controlling Equine Infectious Anemia in Canada. Dr. Bell is included in this working group.

The following links provide maps of the locations with confirmed cases as well as number of horses affected.


Premises Effect by EIA 2016
Premises Effect by EIA 2017



 

USEF Vaccination Rule Change

December 1, 2015

USEF has instituted a new vaccination rule requirement for 2016. It is a proactive plan to help protect our horses welfare and increase biosecurity at all USEF-sanctioned competitions.

The new rule states, "Horses entering grounds at USEF licensed competitions must be accompanied by documentation of immunizations against Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes virus within six months prior to arrival to the competition grounds."

Horses not in compliance to this rule can be required to leave the competition grounds immediately upon request of the Competition Management.

For more information related to this rule change and to see examples of accepted documentation Click Here.