IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HENDRA VIRUS FOR OUR CLIENTS
As you are aware, Hendra Virus is Deadly to People and Horses! A horse affected by Hendra virus is consequently infectious to other horses and people and may show any of (but not limited to) the following signs:
- Respiratory signs
- Off food
- Increased Temperature
- Discomfort, weight shifting
- Nasal Discharge
- Neurological signs
- Other signs – unexplained death, teeth grinding, muscle tremors, altered gait or stance, swelling of face or lips
- NO SIGNS at all!
When an unvaccinated horse requires veterinary attention, it potentially exposes the horse owner, handler and our veterinary staff to the deadly Hendra virus, which poses a work, health and safety issue. In this event, we will be able to administer only limited, if any, veterinary care until the results of exclusion testing are available. Currently, this can take 1 to 3 days before the results are available from the government laboratory which charge an additional fee for this service. Unvaccinated horses cannot be admitted to our hospital. Obviously, these delays could be critical to the horse’s survival. Also, whenever the veterinarian is required to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) (see video ‘Suit Up! PPE for veterinarians’: http://www.ava.com.au/suit-up) for all in-contact people, as per the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011, extra costs result.
We believe it is our moral and professional duty to be proactive in ensuring all horses are vaccinated. The vaccine has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, the Australian Government authority responsible for the assessment and registration of pesticides and veterinary medicines.
- 1st vaccination $90.20 (+ microchipping $20, if required)
- 2nd vaccination (21 days after 1st) $90.20
- Then, 6 monthly boosters $90.20
- Visit fee (up to 40km) FREE
- Consultation fee FREE
As you can see, vaccinating your horse for Hendra virus costs less than one cup of coffee per week!
For further advice about our Hendra virus protocols, for example in relation to dental procedures, lameness examinations etc., please phone the Manly Road Veterinary Hospital and ask to speak to our equine veterinarians, Dr Duncan, Dr Marion & Dr Abigail. In the interests of the health and safety of yourself, your horse, your family and our veterinary team, we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Important Client Information about Hendra Virus in Horses
It is essential that all horse owners are fully informed about the dangers of Hendra virus. Please access these Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF QLD) links to read vital information for horse owners.
Information for horse industries and owners
Hendra virus information for horse owners
General information about Hendra virus