The most recent Horse Course from the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center is now available for viewing on TheHorse.com. This presentation deals with the often unrecognized issue of agrosecurity, and how horse owners can keep their animals safe from intentional or unintentional health threats.
"When we teach agrosecurity, we look at a holistic, overall view of things," presenter Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science in the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture. Horse owners have to understand the potential threats to themselves and their animals, and prepare to handle those chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats--both accidental and intentional--in addition to environmental threats like weather, said Dwyer.
"Why would people want to hit agriculture? It's not like we're a big city (in Lexington, Ky.)," she added. But because our nation depends heavily on the agricultural market for food, it could be a likely target for terrorist attacks, she said.
Watch the Horse Course on agrosecurity, view other archived Horse Courses, and sign up for upcoming installments at TheHorse.com/HorseCourses. Other recent additions to the Horse Course library are Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Dentistry, Equine Fetal Life/Placenta, and Regenerative Therapies for Sport Horse Injuries.
Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.