Innovation in Action: Bloodstock Insurance Embraces the VetTrue™ System
Posted on August 4, 2021
In the Bloodstock Insurance Industry, Transit Insurance is an important component of an insurance policy. The reason for this is that horses travelling internationally by land, sea or air are exposed to a unique set of risks. The most common of these risks is a respiratory infection known as Shipping Fever. Horses developing this condition can become seriously ill if the infection is not recognised and treated in the early stages. The VetTrue™ System from Epona Biotec is a temperature sensor designed just for this. It is the single most effective way of identifying Shipping Fever cases. The benefits of the VetTrue™ System have been recognised in the Bloodstock Insurance Industry. New Zealand based, C N Taylor Consulting, is the first insurance company in the world to embrace this technology. With international clients frequently shipping valuable Thoroughbreds around the globe, company director Cherry Taylor is all too aware of the risk Shipping Fever poses. “It’s not uncommon for us to be informed about a client’s horse that’s ill following a flight,” Taylor says. Her company now offers a discount on transit insurance premiums when a horse is fitted with a temperature monitor during transportation. “It’s the perfect complement to insurance cover,” she says. “An innovative way in which we can further protect our client’s horses.” The VetTrue™ System is set to become an industry standard. It is a cost-effective solution to a common problem, and importantly, is a welcome advance in improving equine welfare during the transportation process. Contacts:www.eponabiotec.comwww.cntaylorconsulting.nz#eponabiotec #vettrue #equestrian #horse #equine #shippingfever #equinewelfare #horsehealth #insurance #horseinsurance #equineinsurance #transitinsurance #cntaylorconsulting #itsallaboutthehorse
The Innovators: Epona Biotec
Posted on July 29, 2021
The Innovators: Epona Biotec's VetTrue System We are delighted to be featured in Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) Australia / NZ in their series on businesses in the equine world using innovative technology.Editor-in-Chief Bren O'Brien discusses our VetTrue System with our founder Dr Michael Hurley what how it sets out to improve equine health.
Horse Health Monitoring goes High-Tech with the VetTrue™ System
Posted on July 3, 2021
In 2018 Equine Air Transport History was made. In a proof of concept demonstration by Epona Biotec, a large shipment of 29 horses had their body temperatures closely monitored in real-time during a long-haul flight from Hong Kong to New Zealand (via Singapore and Australia). This is the future of equine health & welfare monitoring during transportation. With thanks to Singapore Airlines, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and IRT.Learn more at www.eponabiotec.com#equine #horse #equestrian #eponabiotec #vettrue #hkjc #irt #singaporeairlines #horsewelfare #horsehealth #horsetransport #shippingfever #iata #itsallaboutthehorsehttps://youtu.be/N8vF6NDWW8g
Improving Biosecurity at Equestrian Events: The VetTrue™ System
Posted on June 21, 2021
Biosecurity at Equestrian events is of critical importance. Large numbers of horses arriving from far and wide to one location creates the potential for the rapid spread of any introduced infectious disease. Accurately monitoring the temperatures of horses before they arrive is therefore crucial. This is because the one clinical sign all equine infectious diseases have in common is a fever. Real-time, 24 hour temperature monitoring, before entry to an equestrian event is far more accurate at detecting fevers than twice daily rectal temperature readings. Take a look at this video demonstrating use of the VetTrue™ System before entry to an equestrian show jumping competition. Simple to use and extremely cost-effective. #eponabiotec #vettrue #equinebiosecurity #equineinfectiousdisease #equineherpesvirus #strangles #equineinfluenza #shippingfever #horsetemperature #horsemonitoring #itsallaboutthehorse https://youtu.be/8kGUvWeqeFc
Strategic use of the VetTrue System – Health & Safety – Hendra Virus
Posted on June 3, 2021
There are times when equine diseases are so hazardous to humans that it’s not safe to be near the horse. Hendra virus infection is one such disease. In Queensland and NSW over 80 cases of Hendra virus have been reported in horses since 1994 and the disease has claimed several lives. The virus is spread to horses from fruit bats and can cause a wide variety of clinical signs. These may include sudden death or a rapid onset of illness, fever, increased heart rate, respiratory signs and neurological signs. Veterinarians investigating potential Hendra virus cases must use full PPE when examining horses and taking samples for diagnosis. Until Hendra virus infection has been excluded, all contact with the sick horse, even to administer treatment, must be in full PPE for health and safety reasons. The period between sample collection and confirmation or exclusion of a Hendra virus diagnosis can be a worrying time as the disease is often fatal for both horse and human. The VetTrue System™ from Epona Biotec is a useful tool in such situations. Equine veterinarians can attach a TailTab during the initial examination while in full PPE. The horse can then be monitored remotely until laboratory results are returned. As a fever is present in nearly every case of Hendra virus infection, having this information available can assist in aiding a diagnosis. Health and safety protocols are maintained by monitoring the horse remotely. Contact Epona Biotec now for further information on the VetTrue™ System.
Elite Thoroughbred Racehorses: The Impact of Shipping Fever on Performance
Posted on May 26, 2021
In 2016 some fascinating research was presented at the 21st International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Titled “The incidence of shipping fever and the impact on performance in horses travelling to compete in the Hong Kong International Races (2005-2014)”, the research looked at the race results of 282 elite horses imported to race during this ten year period. Of these horses, 33 (11.7%) had developed a fever during the flight to Hong Kong and had displayed mild to moderate clinical signs of shipping fever. Four of these horses were so sick they were withdrawn from racing, but the other 29 went on to compete in the Group 1 races. Of these horses, none won a race and two-thirds of them finished in 10th place or worse. What this study clearly showed is at the elite level of equine sports competition, everything about the horse needs to be 100% for them to compete to the best of their ability. Even a transient temperature, and mild clinical signs in the week before competition, is enough to affect the performance of a horse. In retrospect, and armed with this knowledge, the connections of these horses would likely have been inclined to withdraw them from racing, especially if a poor result might have impacted future breeding or stud value. Horse Trainers worldwide can incorporate this knowledge into their training preparation to ensure horses reach competition day in peak condition. Whether you are a Thoroughbred, Quarter horse, Arabian, Standardbred or Cross Country trainer, monitoring your horse’s temperature with the VetTrue™ System during travel to, and in the 48 hours before competition, will give you additional confidence the horse has no subtle underlying respiratory condition and can compete to the best of its ability. The VetTrue™ System will provide a complete 24 hour temperature record, and transient fevers will no longer be missed. Give your stable the edge and improve performance results. Contact Epona Biotec today for further information. www.eponabiotec.com #vettrue #eponabiotec #icrav #shippingfever #hkir #hkjc #horsewelfare #horseperformance #itsallaboutthehorse
Strategic use of the VetTrue™ System in the field
Posted on May 12, 2021
Equine veterinarians commonly treat sick patients ‘in the field’ rather than have them transported to veterinary hospitals for follow-up care and monitoring. If the location of the horse is remote, logistics may dictate it can only be seen once every day or two. Monitoring the patient’s vital signs is of critical importance in assessing the state of health and response to treatment. The VetTrue™ System developed by Epona Biotec is state-of-the-art technology that allows veterinarians access to real-time core body temperature data from their patients in the field. By placing a disposable TailTab sensor beneath the tail, the horse’s body temperature is continually monitored and the data stored. When the veterinarian next visits the patient and opens the VetTrue™ App on their phone, the Tail Tab connects instantly via Bluetooth and downloads all temperature data since the last visit. The veterinarian can now see exactly how the horse is responding to treatment, and adjust antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medications precisely. These point-of-care sensors takes patient care and monitoring to an entirely new level. For further information on how your veterinary practice can improve equine care and monitoring with the applied use of technology visit www.eponabiotec.com.
Epona Biotec Sponsors Young New Zealand Event Rider Jasmyne Speake
Posted on May 9, 2021
Photo Credit: Take the Moment Photography Epona Biotec is pleased to announce their sponsorship of Cambridge based Event Rider Jasmyne Speake. Jasmyne, who is currently in her first year of study for a Bachelor of Business degree at Waikato University, won the New Zealand National Junior Rider titles in 2018 and 2019. Her most recent success was winning at the National Young Event Horse Championships having the highest placed 4YO & 5YO, and best placed Thoroughbred. Currently ranked 131st by the FEI for the South East Asia & Oceania Zone, we look forward to following Jasmyne’s career and keeping her horses safe and well with the VetTrue™️ System, as they travel throughout New Zealand to compete. Photo Credit: Jasmyne Speake
World’s Highest Rated Racehorse Uses the VetTrue™ System
Posted on April 24, 2021
"He's a monster": Addeybb proves he's best in the world The Sydney Morning Herald 17th April 2021Epona Biotec congratulates Newmarket Trainer William Haggis on the outstanding victory of Addeybb in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney. It’s a significant feat to transport a Thoroughbred racehorse halfway around the world, and have it compete, and win, at the very highest level. Everything must go exactly to plan to ensure the horse arrives in peak health and condition. For the UK to Australia flight, Addeybb travelled under the watchful eye of Dr. Des Leadon, a European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. Dr. Leadon, well experienced in travelling with Thoroughbred racehorses, had an additional weapon in his arsenal for this journey.The VetTrue™ System from Epona Biotec was used to monitor Addeybb’s body temperature throughout the flight. The VetTrue™ System displaying a normal temperature chart for Addeybb during his long-haul flight from the UK to AustraliaA TailTab sensor placed under the tail, transmitted temperature data via BlueTooth to the VetTrue™ System App on Dr Leadon’s iPhone. Dr Leadon was able to safely and remotely monitor the horse’s temperature continuously for any fluctuations that might have indicated a developing illness such as shipping fever.During the flight the VetTrue™ System provided Dr Leadon with assurance that Addeybb was travelling well. No temperature fluctuations were seen, and the horse remained in good health throughout the flight.The subsequent victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes was a wonderful performance by Addeybb. The horse had won the race the previous year, so to return, and successfully defend his crown was quite an accomplishment.The VetTrue™ System has proven itself a vital tool for monitoring the health and wellbeing of horse during long-distance transportation. The technology is cost effective, intuitive to use, and allows for the simultaneous monitoring of multiple horses. For further information, please visit www.eponabiotec.com #Addeybb #QueenElizabethStakes #eponabiotec #VetTrue #TailTab #shippingfever #itsallaboutthehorse
VetTrue System UK Field Test
Posted on December 16, 2020
Five years of intensive R&D by the Epona Biotec Team has paid dividends, and the new VetTrue System App is now available on the App Store. Designing a system for detecting fevers in horses created some initial issues when it came to field testing. During testing, it was simple enough to place a TailTab sensor on a horse in an equine hospital that already had a fever, but how could we showcase the sensors by demonstrating the development and detection of a fever in a normal horse? This problem was solved with the simplest of ideas from equine veterinarian Dr Matthew O’Donnell, Director of the Cheshire Equine Clinic. It’s well known that following an Equine Influenza vaccination, some horses will develop a fever. Matthew’s idea was to simply place sensors on all the horses in a racing stable that were to be vaccinated, and then monitor what happened, comparing this to routine twice daily rectal temperature readings. The results were very interesting! As planned, a stable of horses had TailTab sensors attached one morning and then were vaccinated for equine influenza. After two days, the rectal temperature readings along with the TailTab sensor data was sent to Epidemiologist Dr Sarah Rosanowski for a statistical comparison. Using traditional rectal temperature readings, the stable staff identified one horse on the first afternoon with a fever, and an additional four horses the following morning. In total, the stable staff found 30% of the vaccinated horses had developed fevers. When the temperature data from the TailTab sensors was assessed, it was found that 9 horses had developed fevers. The VetTrue System had identified that 56% of the vaccinated horses had developed fevers rather than only 30% as identified using rectal thermometers. The trial demonstrated that the VetTrue System was practical to use and worked seamlessly when simultaneously monitoring the temperatures of a large group of horses. It also demonstrated that real-time 24-hour temperature monitoring is a more sensitive way of detecting fevers in horses than the traditional twice-daily rectal temperature method. In addition, the study was also of interest, as the percentage of horses developing fevers following vaccinations was a higher than expected. Such information is not only of importance to trainers and horse owners, but is also of relevance to equine researchers who now have an accurate temperature monitoring system available to them for future studies and research. The results from this trial were considered of such value that they were accepted as a poster presentation for the World Veterinary Association Congress, in Auckland, New Zealand in 2020. Learn more about the VetTrue System here.