Source: American Horse Council
The American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), USDA, and state animal health officials, is pleased to announce that the National Equine Health Plan (NEHP) is now available at equinediseasecc.org/national-equine-health-plan.
“The horse industry is unique because horses are transported with more frequency than other livestock,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We have seen firsthand how disease outbreaks cost the industry millions of dollars for the care of sick horses, implementation of biosecurity, and lost revenue in the form of cancelled or restricted commercial equine activities such as horseshows.
“Back in 2013, the industry felt it was time to step up and address the issue of the handling of disease outbreaks and the dissemination of information surrounding the outbreaks,” she continued. “This gave way to the creation of the NEHP that will outline the issues surrounding the prevention, diagnosis and control of diseases and the responsibilities and roles of the federal and state authorities and the industry.”
The NEHP’s goals are to protect the health and welfare of the U.S. equine population, facilitate the continued interstate and international movement of horses and their products, ensure regulatory service availability, and protect the economic continuity of equine industry businesses.
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