NATIONAL EQUINE STUDY LAUNCHES
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