EQUUS - - Medical Front -

A third na­tional equine study by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s (USDA) Na­tional An­i­mal Health Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem (NAHMS) gets un­der­way this month.

Through sur­veys and in­ter­views with the own­ers of horses, don­keys, mules and ponies, as well as other peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the equine in­dus­try, the NAHMS Equine 2015 study cov­ers a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics, rang­ing from the man­age­ment of lame­ness and in­fec­tious dis­eases to trends in man­age­ment to health-re­lated costs of own­er­ship. Pre­vi­ous NAHMS equine stud­ies were con­ducted in 1998 and 2005.

“The data from pre­vi­ous NAHMS stud­ies has been used in fo­cus­ing of re­search on equine health top­ics,” ex­plains Josie Traub-Dar­gatz, DVM, MS, DACVIM, an equine com­mod­ity spe­cial­ist for USDA and pro­fes­sor at Colorado State Uni­ver­sity. “The stud­ies also al­low for com­par­i­son of what own­ers are ac­tu­ally do­ing re­lated to equine health man­age­ment with what guide­lines, such as those from the Amer­i­can

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