Health Updates and Information

Managing Toxic Weeds In Your Pastures

Please click on the link below to access and view a PDF document of a PowerPoint presentation given by Peg Reedy, Walworth County UW-Extension regarding toxic plants.


Another publication can be purchased or downloaded from the UW Extension entitled "Toxic Plants in Midwest Pastures and Forages". Please click on the link below to be redirected to their website where you can obtain this information.


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West Nile Virus found in Central Wisconsin horse - July 24, 2017

Please click on the link below to access and read the news release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, ( regarding this situation.


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NIAA Equine Forum 2017: Advancing ID, Traceability and Electronic Health Records

Please click on the link below to access and read the white paper published from the NIAA Equine Forum 2017.


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CONTACT: Nik Hawkins,, 608-263-6914

MADISON -- Two new advanced pieces of equipment are improving the equine patient experience at UW Veterinary Care (UWVC), the clinical arm and teaching hospital of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM).

With the addition of a small, flexible needle arthroscope, UWVC veterinarians can now perform arthroscopic surgery on joints while animals are under sedation rather than general anesthesia. This poses less risk for patients and also enables surgeons to view joint structures under normal anatomical circumstances (i.e., while the animal is standing), which can increase the accuracy of diagnoses.
“Other diagnostic techniques, such as ultrasound and radiography, offer a more limited view of the joint,” says Sabrina Brounts, clinical associate professor of large animal surgery at the SVM, “so this new tool can definitely add to our evaluations.”

The new unit is especially useful for performing arthroscopy on the stifle, a complex hind-limb joint -- basically the equivalent of the human knee -- that connects the femur, patella, and tibia in four-legged mammals and is the common location of injuries in athletic horses. As an added benefit, recovery times for evaluative procedures involving the needle arthroscope are shorter than a standard arthroscopy unit. The new tool can also be used on dogs and other small mammals, but equine patients likely will be the primary beneficiaries at UWVC.

A generous donation from Chuck and Sandy Yanke, long-time supporters of the SVM, and a gift from the Split Rail Foundation helped the clinic purchase the arthroscopy unit, which adds to a long list of equine services that only UWVC offers in Wisconsin. This includes nuclear imaging, dynamic endoscopy for diagnosing respiratory issues during full exercise, acoustoelastography for monitoring tendon injuries, and a board-certified specialist in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation.

“I am not aware of anyone else in the state performing this arthroscopy procedure,” says Brounts.
As another boon for equine patients and owners, UWVC has also acquired a new portable electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. An ECG is used to assess the structure and function of an animal’s heart by recording its electrical activity as transmitted through electrodes placed on the skin. It can detect arrhythmias and other abnormalities and monitor the effects of various treatments. The new battery-powered unit is wireless and small enough to be strapped to a horse in a surcingle belt, allowing clinicians to monitor the animal remotely, including while it is running or walking outdoors.

“This is especially useful because many heart conditions only become apparent during exercise,” says Ana Moreira, a large animal medicine resident at UWVC.

Other advantages of the portable ECG unit include live readings transmitted to a laptop or portable device via Bluetooth technology, a memory card that can store days-worth of data, and electrodes that are fastened via stickers rather than cumbersome and uncomfortable crocodile clips.

The ECG machine was purchased with the help of a combined gift from sisters Barb and Patty Van Housen, which was inspired by the exceptional care that Patty’s horse, Rinka, received during an emergency visit to UWVC’s Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital.
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Equine Diseases Forum 2016 White Paper Now Available

June 9, 2016

For Immediate Release - Please click on the links below to access the Equine Diseases Forum Press Release and White Paper.



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Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)

May 23, 2016
Owners, trainers, veterinarians and other equine industry participants can be alerted to infectious disease outbreaks and updates through an e-mail notification system recently implemented by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), an industry-funded hub for efficient communication of information about equine infectious diseases and disease outbreaks.
The EDCC’s Outbreak Alert e-mail service advises subscribers when an infectious disease outbreak is confirmed or an update to a previously reported outbreak is available, such as when a quarantine has been lifted. Each e-mail includes a link to the Disease Outbreak Alerts page of the EDCC website for detailed information about the alert. 
The e-mail alerts are available at no charge as a service to the industry; subscribe through the EDCC Mailing List link at Alerts and other information are also posted on the EDCC’s social media platforms. “Like” the EDCC on Facebook at and follow @EquineDiseaseCC on Twitter.
The EDCC is based in Lexington, Ky., at the AAEP’s headquarters with website and call center hosting provided by the United States Equestrian Federation. The EDCC is funded entirely through the generosity of organizations, industry stakeholders and horse owners. To learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the EDCC, visit and click the Sponsors link.

Contact: Bailey McCallum or (859) 705-0360

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Equine Disease Quarterly - University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Veterinary Science

Please click on the links provided below to view the publications from the University of Kentucky on equine disease information.

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Help Support the Equine Disease Communication Center - An Insurance Policy for the U.S. Equine Industry

In 2010 the USDA approached the American Horse Council (AHC) to help the industry prepare an industry response to disease outbreaks. The AHC working with the USDA initiated a draft of a National Equine Health Plan (NEHP). Please click on the link below to read more details about this very important project and how you can help by donating to this effort.



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From DATCP: Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) testing requirements change in Wisconsin

Equine Infectious Anemia test results done within the 12 months prior to the date of import are now acceptable when importing horses into Wisconsin. Nursing foals accompanying an EIA-negative dam are exempt from pre-import testing as long as the nursing status is identified on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). The EIA test date and result must be written on the CVI. This change also applies to horses changing ownership in Wisconsin and horses attending fairs and exhibitions. 

Without the waiver, all horses participating in fairs or exhibitions would have to have a negative EIA test during the calendar year of the exhibition.

This waiver expires on June 1, 2014.  The new rule will go into effect on the same date making the change permanent.

Anyone with questions about the waiver can call 800-572-8981 for assistance.

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Equine Piroplasmosis

Equine Piroplasmosis is present in many areas of the world. The United States and Canada are among the few countries that are not considered to be endemic areas. This equine disease is caused by two parasitic organisms and is primarily transmitted by ticks. It can also be transmitted mechanically from animal to animal by contaminated needles. There are many symptoms that usually will show anywhere from 7 to 22 days after infection has occurred. A few of them are anemia, fever, labored breathing, swollen abdomens, constipation and colic. In milder cases it may present in the form of weakness or lack of appetite. The highest risk for transmitting this disease is through the trading of animals or through international equestrian sports where infected and non-infected animals are in contact. The USDA website has more information available regarding this disease, including how to protect your animals and a factsheet about Piroplasmosis.

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List of Diseases that Require Notification

For a complete listing of diseases that must be reported to either the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Animal Health Division, or to the state office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services within ten days after finding evidence, please click on the DATCP Website Link.

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Announcements and Notices

WHC Horsemen's Calendar of Upcoming Events

Want to know what equine related events and activities are going on in your area? Please click on the heading above to access a list of up-coming events and a form that you can complete and send to us to have your equine related activity added to this new calendar!

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Recreational Trail Aids (RTA) Program

This is a federal program administered in all states. Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

Legal Transportation of Horses Across State Lines

WHC would like to share this important information with you courtesy of InStride Edition, Please click here to access this excellent article.

Attention All WHC Members

Important information for all WHC Members! Please click below to read the details.

Great News for WHC Members!

Did you know that if you are a member of the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC), you are also eligible for the American Horse Council's (AHC) Advantage Plan?


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