High-Tech Temperature Monitoring in the Management of Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Posted on October 20, 2021
In a worldwide first, the VetTrue™ System from Epona Biotec has been successfully used in the management of an equine infectious disease outbreak. A pregnant mare on a Thoroughbred stud farm developed the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The mare was immediately isolated, but rapidly deterioration over several days, and was euthanised on humane grounds. EHV-1 is a highly contagious virus and easily spread by direct horse-to-horse contact or by indirect contact with contaminated objects. The stud farm immediately instigated biosecurity measures to contain the spread of the disease. These included segregation of staff and horses, and the mandatory use of PPE by all staff members. Temperature monitoring during disease outbreaks is important for identifying other infected individuals. In a novel approach by the stud farm, three stallions and seventeen close contact mares had their temperatures remotely monitored using the VetTrue™ System. As the incubation period for EHV-1 is very short, further cases would be expected in the week following the first case if the disease were spreading on the farm. A fever is usually the first clinical sign seen with this viral infection, so by screening temperatures closely with the VetTrue™ System the farm could easily identify other infected horses and further isolate and treat them. Normal temperature charts from four of the horses monitored on the farm After monitoring the horses for seven days, no fevers were identified and no further horses became ill with EHV-1. The VetTrue™ System gave staff additional assurance in the early days following the first clinical case that the disease was not spreading on the farm.Fortunately, this was a single isolated case of EHV-1, with the virus most likely contained from spread by the strict biosecurity measures immediately implemented by the farm.The VetTrue™ System proved time-saving by avoiding the need to take rectal temperatures twice daily, as well as providing a complete record of temperatures for each horse during the monitoring period. Remote monitoring was also of benefit in reducing contact with horses, potentially limiting opportunities for disease transmission and improving biosecurity.This is the first known report of a remote temperature monitoring system being used in the face of a potential disease outbreak.
My Horse Has a Fever: Now What?
Posted on October 6, 2021
A very informative article about managing horses with fevers by Dr Elizabeth MacDonald for the United States Eventing Association (USEA). The VetTrue™ System is a great way of monitoring your horse closely once a fever has been detected. Contact us to learn more here.#eponabiotec #vettrue #horse #equestrian #pony #vet #equinebiosecurity #equineinfectiousdisease #strangles #equineinfluenza #shippingfever #horsetemperature #horsemonitoring #fever #usef #itsallaboutthehorse
Measuring Body Temperature in Horses
Posted on September 29, 2021
Very informative article on body temperature in horses by Kentucky Equine Research. The research discusses using the VetTrue™ System from Epona Biotec to accurately record body temperatures during the study.Link to Article#eponabiotec #vettrue #equine #horse #equestrian #research#horsemonitoring #horsehealth #itsallaboutthehorse
Pre Purchase Exams
Posted on September 3, 2021
Equine Pre-Purchase Examinations: Taking Temperature Monitoring to the Next Level!!For Veterinary Surgeons, taking the rectal temperature of a horse is a standard part of any equine pre-purchase examination. The detection of a fever is an immediate red flag that a potential health issue may exists. Imagine if there were a way for a Veterinarian to document that the temperature of a horse was 100% normal over a 24 hour period? Check out this video. The VetTrue™ System from Epona Biotec. A cost-effective and simple solution for pre-purchase examinations. https://youtu.be/Q-3FyUnrxGs
NZB – Winning Land
Posted on September 3, 2021
An expert in his field, former Hong Kong Jockey Club veterinarian Michael Hurley discusses the natural advantages young kiwi-bred horses have when it comes to growing out in New Zealand’s unique environment – unlike any other place in the world. New Zealand Bloodstock: The Winning Land
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.