Gladstone, NJ - In light of the recent EHV-1 (equine herpes virus) outbreak, the USET Foundation has announced updated biosecurity protocols for all horses entering the USET Foundation Hamilton Farm Facility. This protocol has been put in place under the advisement of our USET veterinarians to ensure the health and safety of all horses entering the facility as we strive to keep our environment available, safe and healthy for upcoming equestrian events. Updated biosecurity protocols for USET Foundation include: A current negative coggins test. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the USET Foundation. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days. Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you should use.
Any horses shipping into the USET Foundation will require a 48-hour health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead. All horses should be able to provide proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on the health certificate.
Document your horses' normal temperature prior to arrival. PLEASE DO NOT SHIP HORSES WITH ELEVATED TEMPERATURES since this is usually an early and effective indicator of a problem.
The attached form will be required for all horses entering the facility. This form is to certify that none of the horses in your care have been in direct contact or stabled with any horses that have received a positive test for the EHV-1 virus or have been stabled at a quarantined facility. By signing this form you certify that you will continue to follow all biosecurity precautions set forth by the USET Foundation.
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At this time we will not be requiring temperature checks by on-site veterinarians upon arrival, however, again we urge you to practice routine temperature checks on your horses daily.
"We would like to thank everyone for their diligence in adhering to this important protocol so we can continue to make our facility available and keep your horses healthy", said Executive Director, Bonnie Jenkins.
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.