Intent: Intent of this SOP is to reduce the spread of disease between farms and livestock transmitted by visitors.
To accomplish this:
All visitors will sign in to the log book at the entrance of the barn,
All Visitors shall clean hands between handling all livestock either by using the hand sanitizers provided or by washing hands with warm soapy water.
Any person who has visited a farm immediately prior to ours, will either change footwear or disinfect the footwear worn by spraying the footwear and soles with Virkon (potassium monopersulphate) and water solution.
Visitors will obey all posted signs and not enter any restricted area without authorization from the staff.
Isolation areas are off-limits to all pers except staff
National Farm and Facility Level Biosecurity Standard for the Equine Sector
Code of Practice for the care and handling of Equines
Purpose of this biosecurity plan is to reduce the incidence and impact of disease within the farm population. As well as reduce spread of disease between farms
To achieve this, we will monitor our practices by using the Equine Guelph Biosecurity Risk Calculator three times a year. Keeping a copy of the printed results will enable us to quantify and qualify our progress.
Identifying the disease risks for the farm and facility and how they are transmitted, as well as how to mitigate an outbreak should one occur, will assist us in keeping any illness to a minimum
Review management practices after each assessment.
Keep detailed health records of each horse.
Keep a sign in log of all visitors to the property.
National Farm and Facility Level Biosecurity Standard for the Equine Sector, section 4 and 5
Code of Practice for the care and handling of Equines, section 4 Health Management
Action Point: Record baseline health check parameters for all my horses by doing a health check 3-4 times per week for 2 weeks.
Rationale: Assuming that the parameters will be relatively stable, this frequency will help establish my horse’s normal data. Keeping the baseline information in a digital file or a binder in the barn office will allow for quick referencing and comparisons when needed (if horse showing non-specific signs, if any parameter is noted to be in the yellow area, in the case of emergencies).
Rationale: Purpose and intent of this SOP is to provide direction on the vaccination of horses within the herd, to increase resistance to disease
In consultation with the vet, a vaccination schedule for each horse shall be outlined and recorded in the horses’ health record. (1)
Broodmares are to receive appropriate vaccines for this area.
Foals will also receive proper vaccinations with primary and booster vaccines
any adverse effects to the vaccine shall also be recorded as well as the vaccines serial , lot number and expiry dates. (2) Rationale: Recording this information will be useful in the event of a reaction and if the vaccine itself is recalled.
1.National Farm And Facility Level Biosecurity Standard for the Equine Sector, Section 4 Principles of Infection Prevention and Control Programs, Methods of Pathogen Transmission,
2. Code of Practice for the care and handling of Equines, Section 4.1.2 Vaccines
Action Point: Establish standard operating procedures for isolation and hospital stable.
Rationale. Establishing new standard’s for Isolation and Hospital Stable Wing. IAW Canada Code and Biosecurity Code. This will reduce the incidence of disease transmission thereby increasing the overall wellness and health state for the barn and farm operations
The new policy will incorporate recommendations from:
Canada Code section 4.2 Sick, Injured or Compromised Horses and Biosecurity code, section 4: Principles of Infection, Prevention and Control Programs
Biosecurity code: Section 4: Principles of Infection, Prevention and control programs
section 4.1 Sources of Pathogens
Section 4.2 Methods of Transmission
Section 4.3: General Concepts of Infection and Control
For any horse that is suspected of carrying a communicable disease, they will be transferred to the Isolation/Hospital barn.
They will be assessed and monitored and Veterinary Staff notified.
Health Record will be available for review as required.
The horse will remain in Isolation until the risk of transmission has been reduced to not pose threat to the herd.
This page outlines the Standing Operating Procedures. Standing Operating Procedures are an important tool for the staff at any barn, as they provide guidance on what to do and actions to carry out from Emergency Procedures to Pest and Parasite control.
You will notice that the SOP’s are clearly identified so that when needed the reference can be found quickly. These SOP’s will also be available in hard copy and posted for quick access to all staff.
This is a work in progress and will never truly be finished, as when our knowledge and experience grows so should our S.O.Ps
This is also promulgated with the help of all the staff. If you see something that could be done, better, more efficiently, speak UP!!