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Study To Explore Aust Horse Transportation Issues

Friday, 10th July 2015

A new study into horse transportation issues and practices in Australia has been announced. Barbara Paladino is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. As part of her PhD on the topic of equine transportation, she and her supervisors (Dr Gary Muscatello, Dr Pietro Celi, Prof Sharanne Raidal and Prof Leo Jeffcott) are distributing a survey to collect data on horse transportation practices and transport-related illnesses in Australia. Most of the existing research on equine transportation has only been conducted in countries outside of Australia, and Paladino says she believes that the problems arising in Australia could be different to those in Europe. Australian horse owners, trainers, breeders and organizations are invited to complete an online 10 minute survey if they have transported horses within the past two years. “We are particularly interested in any diseases that have occurred to your horses in order to document and investigate underlying potential reasons behind these events,” commented Paladino. “The aim of the study is to gather data to identify transportation risk factors, and therefore potentially make horse transportation safer and less stressful. To achieve this, we need the ‘real world’ input of Australian equine industry members." The survey can be accessed here:

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