Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital policy on horses unvaccinated for Hendra Virus (HeV)
Hendra Virus is a fatal disease of horses and humans, as such it will always be considered a occupational health risk.
The disease has no specific or consistent clinical signs so can manifest as any other disease in the horse.
Vaccination of horses for Hendra Virus is the only effective way of reducing risks to the community, our clients and our veterinarians and nurses.
From December 1st 2014, Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital is implementing a Hendra Virus / vaccination policy.
From December 1st onwards we will use the following protocols for horses:
UNVACCINATED SICK/EMERGENCY CASES will be required to undergo Hendra Virus exclusion testing prior to any invasive or risk associated treatments. Treatments associated with each case will be limited to what is deemed necessary for the animal’s welfare until exclusion test results are returned.
A surcharge to cover the costs associated with infectious control equipment and testing procedures will be charged for each visit.
UNVACCINATED ROUTINE CASES. Non-emergency procedures that are considered invasive or carry a risk of infection to personal, will be required to be vaccinated prior to our undertaking the procedure.
Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital has an obligation to its clients, the community and staff to protect and advise them on preventing this disease in horses and people. Vaccination is the best way of preventing Hendra Virus infection in horses and is considered to be safe and effective.