Sydney Veterinary School study risks of transporting horses

A new study into horse transportation issues and practices in Australia has been announced.

As part of her PhD on the topic of equine transportation, Barbara Paladino and her supervisors from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science (Dr Gary Muscatello, Dr Pietro Celi, Professor Sharanne Raidal and Professor Leo Jeffcott) are distributing a survey to collect data on horse transportation practices and transport-related illnesses in Australia.

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Sydney vet researchers study equine transportation

Most of the existing research on equine transportation has been conducted in countries outside of Australia and Barbara believes that the problems arising in Australia could be different to those in Europe.

Australian horse owners, trainers, breeders and organisations 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. 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,” she said.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 4, 2016; however it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible as this program can fill quickly.

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