Free Respiratory Webinar On January 18

Published: January 11, 2022 10:00 am EST

As a result of the recent influenza outbreak in Alberta’s harness racing industry, Standardbred Canada has brought together a panel of industry experts for a free online webinar, on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. (EST) to 8 p.m. (EST) to discuss: "Key Learnings from Alberta and How Respiratory Viruses Affect Your Racehorses’ Health."

Nasal discharge, fever, cough, fatigue … respiratory viruses are worrisome for trainers and can leave a lasting impact on a horse’s health and performance. Common respiratory viruses such as equine influenza, equine rhinitis viruses and equine herpes viruses have specific features that impact the airway in different ways. A basic understanding of these viruses, how to manage a horse infected by them and how to reduce the risk of infection can lead to improved health management and performance.

This FREE online webinar will provide an overview of the influenza outbreak in Alberta as a case study, followed by an understanding of the common equine respiratory viruses, their effect on the racehorse and their control through vaccination and biosecurity practices. Experiences with these viruses in Ontario’s harness racing industry will also be provided.

Click here to register now.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Alison Moore, Lead Veterinarian Animal Health and Welfare Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and include Industry Experts:

• Dr. Jordan Cook, DVM - Associate Veterinarian, Moore Equine Veterinary Centre, Calgary, Alta.
• Dr. John Hennessey, DVM, Standardbred racehorse veterinarian, Rockwood, Ont.
• Dr. Renaud Léguillette, DMV, MSc, PhD, DACVIM – Professor, Equine Internal Medicine and Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine, University of Calgary
• Joe Gray, Century Downs Racing Manager

The content will include:

• Century Mile Situation Overview; clinical signs, diagnostic testing, management and response
• Brief Overview of equine respiratory viruses
• The effect of viruses on airway health
• Vaccination and practical biosecurity
• Experiences with respiratory viruses in Ontario

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The webinar will be available on GoToWebinar and you must register to attend. Please register no later than noon on January 18.