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 Four of these horses were so sick they were withdrawn from racing, but the other 29 went on to compete in the Group 1 races.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.
Strategic use of the VetTrue System – Livery Yards
Posted on October 22, 2020
As a livery yard owner, you know the risk - any new horse has the potential to bring a highly contagious infectious disease into your yard, resulting in: your yard in lockdown, sick horses, vet bills, upset clients and a potential PR disaster. Although best practice is to quarantine new horses for at least 10 days, this is often not the most practical approach. So, what can you do? Well, taking your horse’s temperature twice a day is a good start. Chances are that your new horse may look completely fine but is actually brewing a virus and will develop a fever at some point in the next week. If you can identify this early on, you can take action right away and implement measures to stop the infection from spreading throughout your yard. However, recording rectal temperatures twice a day in a busy yard is time consuming and only tells part of the story, as diseases such as Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) cause ‘bi-phasic’ fevers, meaning that measurements taken only in the morning and evening may actually miss fevers occurring at other times of the day. The solution to these problems is now available. The VetTrue System™ from Epona Biotec is state-of-the-art technology that allows you to accurately monitor the temperature of your horses around the clock. The VetTrue System’s™ easy to use TailTab sensors can be attached to all new horses as they arrive and accurate temperature data will then be sent directly to your mobile device via Bluetooth, giving you and your clients confidence that the horse is in good health. Make the VetTrue System™ part of your yard’s standard operating procedure so you can rest assured knowing that our biosecurity technology has you and your horse covered 24/7. To learn more about the VetTrue System™ or to order TailTabs, visit our on page. #itsallaboutthehorse
Shipping Fever Pneumonia is the DVT of the Equine Transport Industry
Posted on October 22, 2020
Shipping Fever Pneumonia (SFP) is the most common complication encountered when transporting horses. As with DVT in humans, which is generally caused by sitting for long periods during travel, SFP is a direct result of horses being unable to move around and lower their heads during transportation. As a rule of thumb, when travelling for more than 10 hours, expect 10% of horses to develop a degree of SFP. In some cases, the resulting lung infection can be mild and even go undiagnosed, in others, it can develop into severe pleural pneumonia with lung abscesses and laminitis. Anyone experienced in horse transportation has seen cases of SFP. It remains a major health and welfare issue and can be particularly devastating on the performance of horses shipped long distances to compete. The standard advice for the prevention of SFP is fourfold: • Do not travel a sick horse • Ensure a dust-free and well-ventilated environment • Allow the horse to lower its head during transportation • Break up long journeys and let the horse out every 8 hours if possible Monitoring rectal temperature is also highly recommended as a fever is the first clinical sign of SFP. This recommendation is however, completely impractical during the transportation process. Not only is taking the rectal temperature a difficult procedure to perform inside the confines of a trailer or a cramped jet stall of an aircraft, it’s also a health and safety concern for the individual attempting to take it. The treatment options available to you at 35,000 feet after being injured by a horse are limited! The VetTrue System by Epona Biotec has been developed to monitor the temperature of horses accurately and safely, even during transportation. The disposable TailTab sensors are attached beneath the tail and send real-time temperature data via Bluetooth to a users’ iPhone. As horses developing SFP may initially appear bright and alert and continue to eat and drink normally, they are often transported for hours without anyone being aware they are actually sick. The early detection of a fever using the VetTrue System is the key to ensuring SFP cases are identified as early as possible so positive action can be taken. To learn more about the VetTrue System and to place an order, please visit www.eponabiotec.com - It’s All About the Horse
Should I Call the Vet?
Posted on October 22, 2020
As an owner, do you remember a time when you suspected something about your horse was not quite right? It could have been the small amount of feed left one evening, or the minor change in behaviour only you would detect. To anyone else, your horse appears perfectly fine, but you know it’s not. Chances are if you call the vet for a consultation, the first question will be “Does the horse have a temperature?" An elevated temperature is often the very first indicator of illness or disease. In fact, a fever can develop even before changes are detectable in your horse’s blood profile. Monitoring their temperature is therefore, the simplest and most useful way of assessing the health status of your horse. The VetTrue System™ from Epona Biotec is a world-first. This state-of-the-art technology allows you to accurately monitor the temperature of your horse in real-time. Never before has such detailed information on a horse’s core body temperature been available outside of research environments. The VetTrue System’s™ disposable, easy to use TailTab sensors attach beneath the tail and send accurate temperature data directly to your mobile device via Bluetooth. The VetTrue System™ is undoubtedly set to become a standard component of equine first aid kits. The next time you need more detailed information about your horse’s health status, simply attach a TailTab. You know your horse. Now you know its temperature and when to call the vet. To find out more about the VetTrue system, and to order your first TailTab at half price, visit eponabiotec.com/pricing.
Epona in Taupo
Posted on October 10, 2020
Epona Biotec was delighted to sponsor the CCN3* Horse Trials at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo, New Zealand. Epona Biotec CEO Dr Michael Hurley Congratulations to Olympian Matthew Grayling and Henton Ambassador for winning the event. 16 horses competed, including Apsley Backchat Kid ridden by Brittany Fowler in her first three-star event. Well done Brittany! Brittany Fowler riding Apsley Backchat Kid Epona Biotec would like to thank organiser Denise Rushbrook, FEI Course Designer Philippa Howells, and Jan Sutherland from Take The Moment photography, for their superb organisation, hospitality and professionalism. Click here for the full Taupo Trial Results.