The Innovators: Epona Biotec
By Adrian Poon | Posted on July 29, 2021
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.
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.
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 Four of these horses were so sick they were withdrawn from racing, but the other 29 went on to compete in the Group 1 races.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
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
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