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Common Contagious Diseases and Their Control:
  General Information - Click here
  Tetanus - Click here
  Strangles - Click here
  Equine Influenza - Click here


Notifiable Diseases:

General Information-
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African Horse Sickness- Click here
Anthrax - Click here
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) - Click here
Dourine - Click here
Epizootic Lymphangitis - Click here
Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) - Click here
Equine Viral Encephalomyelitis (EVE) - Click here
Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) - Click here
Glanders & Farcy - Click here
Rabies - Click here
Vesicular Stomatitis- Click here
Warble Fly (aka Bot Fly)
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Zoonotic Diseases - Click here

Dental Care - Click here
First Aid - Click here
Indices of Health - Click here
Parasite Control - Click here
Pre-Purchase Examination - Click here
Tissue Injury and the Repair Process - Click here
Vaccination Strategies - Click here

Common Contagious Diseases and Their Control
Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction -
Well illustrated, detailed and referenced study aid from The Royal Veterinary College. Provides an excellent base from which to build knowledge on the principles of epidemiology.
The Horse.com -
Invaluable website providing professionally written articles on veterinary topics and most aspects of horse care. Requires registration but is free to use. An essential resource for all equine students.
The Merck Veterinary Manual -
The single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information including over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations.
The Merck Veterinary Manual: Disease-Management Interaction -
Specific area of the single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information including over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations.
The Merck Veterinary Manual: Disease-Management Interaction: Horses -
Specific area of the single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information including over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations.
- Tetanus
Tetanus Information Page -
Poster-style page which answers FAQs on Tetanus.
Horse Health Topics: Tetanus -
Information on the different types of immunisation available for use against Tetanus.
Tetanus & Influenza Vaccination -
Information and recommendation from the British Horse Society.
Clostridium Tetani (Tetanus) -
Factsheet on Tetanus from pharmaceutical company Merial.
- Strangles
Strangles Information Page -
Poster-style page which answers FAQs on Strangles.
Horse Health Topics: Strangles -
Information on the different types of immunisation available for use against Strangles.
Streptococcus equi -
A page of links to information on Streptococcus equi, the organism that causes Strangles in equids.
Managing Strangles -
Magazine style article on managing strangles from the University of Illinois.
Strangles -
Magazine style article on managing strangles from the American Horse Rider.
Strangles: Sore Throat With A Vengeance -
Strangles factsheet from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Equine Facts on Strangles -
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension have produced this factsheet on Strangles.
Seeking a Solution to Strangles -
An update in the latest research on Strangles.
Strangles: Diagnosis and Treatment of Carrier Animals -
Referenced article from Equine Science Update which highlights the importance of the detection of carriers of the Streptococcus equi organism and how they can be treated.
Strangles in Horses -
This web-book on strangles from the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, explains in detail the procedure and findings of a research project.
- Equine Influenza
Equine Influenza -
Factsheet on equine influenza from pharmaceutical company Merial.
Equine Influenza: FAQs -
Answers to FAQs on Equine Influenza from EquiFluNet.
Equine Influenza Virus -
Factsheet on equine influenza from the Animal Health Trust.
Surveillance of Equine Influenza Viruses -
Overview of findings from Animal Health Trust surveillance of Equine Influenza Viruses.
Equine Influenza -
Concise, referenced, relevant points on the disease equine influenza.
Notifiable Diseases
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information home page from DEFRA.
- African Horse Sickness
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA, including symptoms, spread, clinical signs, post mortem, GB legislation, EU legislation and related pages.
World Organisation for Animal Health: African Horse Sickness -
From the World Organisation of Animal Health, this site details the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and control and references for further reading.
African Horse Sickness -
A detailed, step by step description of African Horse Sickness in slide format.
African Horse Sickness -
Compiled by the South African Department of Agriculture, this provides an easy to understand guide to African Horse Sickness.
African Horse Sickness -
A well referenced guide to African Horse Sickness
- Anthrax
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA, including symptoms, spread, clinical signs, post mortem, GB legislation, EU legislation and related pages.
United States Department of Agriculture: Anthrax -
Information from the United States Department of Agriculture including 'Disease Epidemiology' and 'clinical Signs'.
American Veterinary Medical Association -
Background information on Anthrax including 'Causative Agent', 'Natural Distribution', 'Transmission', 'Types and Clinical Signs of Anthrax in Animals and Humans', 'Diagnosis', 'Prevention', 'Treatment', 'Infection Control', 'Infection Control', 'Decontamination' and 'Use of Anthrax as a Biological Weapon'.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture : Anthrax -
Information sheet on Anthrax from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
- Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Causative agents of CEM', 'Spread of Disease', 'Symptoms', 'Prevention and Control', 'CEM is a Notifiable disease', 'Hygiene', 'Swabbing', 'Low risk & High risk mares', 'Recommendations for further Prevention', 'Recommendations for further Control of infection' and 'Microbiology'.
American Animal Health Association: CEM -
Referenced information article from the University of Kentucky.
United States Department of Agriculture: CEM -
Information from the United States Department of Agriculture including 'History', 'Transmission', 'clinical Signs', 'Diagnosis', 'Treatment' and 'Prevention and Control'.
CEM Bibliography -
List of some further information resources available.
CEM -
Brief notes that summarise the notifiable disease CEM from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Equine Disease Watch: CEM -
Factsheet containing salient points about CEM from Equine Disease Watch.
- Dourine
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Symptoms'.
American Animal Health Association: Dourine -
Lecture notes from the University of Georgia on Dourine. Includes reference list.
- Epizootic Lymphangitis
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Definition', 'Animals Affected' and 'Symptoms'.
American Animal Health Association: Epizootic Lymphangitis -
Lecture notes from the University of Georgia on Epizootic Lymphangitis. Includes reference list.
- Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Legislation', 'Code of practice', 'Introduction', 'Symptoms and diagnosis', 'Treatment', 'EVA is a notifiable disease', 'Prevention', 'Control of infection', 'Identifying shedder stallions' and 'Vaccination'.
International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS) -
Fully referenced, comprehensive and well illustrated paper on EVA from the International Veterinary Information Service.
Indiana State Board of Animal Health -
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health have produced this guide to EVA.
Equine Viral Arteritis -
Brief notes that summarise the notifiable disease EVA from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Equine Arteritis Virus Induced Abortion -
Illustrated guide to the disease, diagnosis and prevention of EVA induced abortion.
United States Department of Agriculture -
Information from the United States Department of Agriculture including 'History', 'Transmission', 'clinical Signs', 'Diagnosis', 'Treatment' and 'Prevention and Control'.
- Equine Viral Encephalomyelitis (EVE)
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Definition', 'Distribution' and 'Clinical Signs'.
Equine Viral Encephalomyelitis (EVE) -
Brief notes that summarise the notifiable disease EVE from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Veterinary Education and Information Network -
Facts relating to Equine Viral Encephalomyelitis from the Veterinary Education Information Network.
- Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA)
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Definition', 'History and spread of the disease', 'Epidemiology', 'Post Mortem' and 'Control'.
Equine Infectious Anaemia -
Information sheet on Equine Infectious Anaemia from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
United States Department of Agriculture -
Information from the United States Department of Agriculture including 'Degrees of Infectiousness', 'Transmission', 'Preventing the Spread' and 'What Equine Owners Can Do to Help'.
Oklahoma State University -
Factsheet from Oklahoma State University on EIA.
Equine Infectious Anaemia -
Brief notes that summarise the notifiable disease EIA from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
- Glanders & Farcy
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Introduction', 'Safety Precautions', 'Animals affected', 'Symptoms and lesions', 'Post Mortem', 'Spread of the disease', 'Import testing' and 'Eradication in Great Britain'.
- Rabies
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA.
Rabies -
Information sheet on Rabies from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Rabies -
Rabies factsheet from pharmaceutical company Merial.
Rabies and Horses -
Information from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food on Rabies. Includes topics such as 'Introduction', 'Cases of Rabies in Horses', 'Strains of Rabies', 'Arctic Fox Rabies', 'Raccoon Rabies', 'Bat Rabies', 'Controlling Fox Rabies in Ontario', 'Prevention and Treatment', 'Horse Vaccination', 'Summary' and 'References'.
- Vesicular Stomatitis
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Animals Affected', 'History and Spread of the Disease', 'Clinical Signs', 'Post Mortem' and 'Related Pages'.
Office International des Epizooties (OIE) -
Referenced information source including topics such as 'Aetiology', 'Epidemiology', 'Diagnosis', 'Prevention and Control' and 'References'.
American Animal Health Association: Vesicular Stomatitis -
Lecture notes from the University of Georgia on Vesicular Stomatitis. Includes reference list.
United States Department of Agriculture -
Information from the United States Department of Agriculture including 'Epidemiology', 'Clinical Signs' and 'Recommended Actions'.
Vesicular Stomatitis -
Brief notes that summarise the notifiable disease Vesicular Stomatitis from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
University of Georgia -
Information article on Vesicular Stomatitis from the University of Georgia. Includes sections such as 'Definition', 'Etiology', 'Host Range', 'Geographic Distribution', 'Transmission', 'Epidemiology', 'Incubation Period', 'Clinical Signs', 'Gross Lesions', 'Morbidity and Mortality', 'Differences Between VS and FMD', 'Diagnosis', 'Field Diagnosis', 'Control and Eradication', 'Public Health' and 'References'.
California Dept. of Food & Agriculture: Fact Sheet -
Factsheet containing information on Vesicular Stomatitis.
- Warble Fly (aka Bot Fly)
DEFRA -
Notifiable disease information from DEFRA including 'Introduction', 'History and spread of Disease', 'Infected Areas', 'Life Cycle and Clinical signs', 'Treatment and Movement Controls', 'Serology Survey', 'Import Controls' and 'Legislation'.
Michigan State University: Flies -
Exceptionally informative document on flies from MSU. Provides in-depth explanations of the life cycle of the insect. Pages 8 to 11 refer to the warble (bot) fly.
- Zoonotic Diseases
Merck Veterinary Manual: Zoonoses -
Information on Zoonoses from the single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information including over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations
Zoonosis Acquired from Horses Bibliography -
A selection of references on the topic of 'Zoonosis Acquired from Horses' from the Boston University Medical Centre website.
Diseases From Animals to Humans: Avoiding Problems -
Information page from Queensland Government in Australia.
The Epidemiology of Human-Animal Interactions: Zoonotic Diseases
This page of links from the website of pighealth.com were created by Purdue University. They take the user through a series of three online slide tutorials, explaining different aspects and considerations of human-animal interactions. The main topics covered include 'Zoonotic Diseases', 'Health Benefits to Humans' and 'Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Hazards'.
- Dental Care
Equine Dentistry -
Guide to recommended routine dental care throughout the horses life from the Animal Care Hospital.
Equine Dentistry -
Magazine-style article containing interesting facts on aspects of equine dentistry.
Information Articles -
Links to interesting magazine-style articles from the American School of Equine Dentistry.
Equine Dentistry -
Dedicated to equine dentistry, this site provides an insight into all aspects of the subject.
Advances in Equine Dentistry -
Magazine article from the August 2002 edition of 'Flying Changes'.
The Horse.com -
Invaluable website providing professionally written articles on veterinary topics and most aspects of horse care. Requires registration but is free to use. An essential resource for all equine students.
Equine Dentistry -
Virginia State University have produced this information article on equine dentistry.
Horse Dentist -
When on this well illustrated website, click on 'tooth problems' icon for useful information and diagrams.
- First Aid
Be Prepared for an Equine Emergency -
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) offers these tips to keep you organized and calm in your horse's time of need.
When to Call the Vet: Equine Emergency -
A listing of conditions and illnesses which may be life threatening and will require immediate veterinary care from Equisearch.com.
First Aid for Your Horse -
Explanations of what to do in a range of 'first aid' scenarios from Louisiana State University as well as what to keep in your first aid kit. Scenarios covered include bleeding, broken leg, overheating, eye injuries and colic.
Equine First Aid Kit -
Administering the appropriate first aid rapidly after an injury can have a dramatic impact on the ability and length of time that it takes for a wound or injury to heal. This resource from Robinson Animal Healthcare, the manufacturers of the popular product Animalintex provide this useful guide to first aid.
What to do if Your Horse has a Suspected Fracture -
This informative article from Equisearch.com explains what to do until the vet arrives if your horse has a suspected fracture.
Emergency First Aid Treatment for Equine Fractures -
Information article from Louisiana State University.
Emergency First Aid Treatment for Equine Fractures -
Information article from Purdue University.
What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Long Distance Rides -
From Equisearch.com, this article provides advice on what to carry in your first aid kit when embarking on a long distance ride.
Administering Treatment to the Lame Horse on a Long Distance Ride -
This informative article from Equisearch.com explains what to watch out for, what's happening, what you can do, risk factors and preventative measures.
What to do if Your Horse Ties Up When on a Long Distance Ride -
This informative article from Equisearch.com explains what to watch out for, what's happening, what you can do, risk factors and preventative measures.
Injury with Profuse Bleeding -
Article from Equisearch.com detailing what to do before the vet arrives if your horse has an injury that is bleeding profusely.
Wound First Aid in Horses -
From Horsetalk, this article explains the different types of wounds and how to treat them.
First Aid for Wounds -
How to administer first aid to wounds from the Liphook Veterinary Hospital
Preventing Choke in Horses -
A must-read article on what to do if your horse chokes and how to prevent choke from occurring. From Equisearch.com.
How to Handle Allergic Reactions -
This informative article from Equisearch.com explains what to watch out for, what happens during an allergic reaction, what you can do, risk factors and preventative measures.
What to do With a Cast Horse and How to Prevent Reoccurrences -
Another informative article from Equisearch.
First Aid Courses Available from The British Horse Society -
The British Horse Society offer two day and refresher courses on equine first aid. For further information, click on the above link.
First Aid Courses Available from The British Horse Society -
The British Horse Society offer two day and refresher courses on equine first aid. For further information, click on the above link.
Emergency Care Tips -
From the American Association of Equine Practitioners, these guidelines help you prepare for an equine emergency.
Emergency First Aid for the Horse -
Informative article from the Atlanta Equine Clinic.
Bandaging, First Aid, Protection and Support -
This article from Leverton and Co explains the different types and uses of bandages and advice on how to use them properly.
Indices of Health
How to Evaluate Your Horse's Vital Signs -
How to monitor your horse's vital signs - temperature, pulse, and gut sounds. From Equisearch.com.
How to Take Your Horse's Digital Pulse -
A simple four-step method for finding your horse's pulse from Equisearch.com.
Listening to Your Horse's Lungs -
This article from Equisearch.com details how listening to your horse's lungs can tell you a lot about his state of health.
Keeping Health Records -
How to keep basic records of your horse's vital health statistics and how it can help to monitor your horse's state of health as well as aid your yet if your horse is taken ill from Equisearch.com.
Parasite Control
HorseIT.com : Worming -
The Worming section of HorseIT.com provides well illustrated editorial articles on different aspects of worming your horse as well as helpful tips on worming and when to use which wormer.
Equine Parasite Control -
Information article from the University of Florida.
Equine Parasite Control Practices -
Referenced report on different practices of worm control carried out in Tennessee, USA.
Customized Equine Parasite Control Programmes -
Information article from pharmaceutical company, Merial.
Parasite Control -
Information article including sections on 'Identifying the Enemy', 'Parasite Damage', 'Signs of Parasitism', 'Fecal Examinations', 'The Importance of Rotating Deworming Agents', 'Methods of Administration' and 'Deworming Schedules'.
Diagnosteq.com Solutions to Worm Control -
Website dedicated to internal equine parasites and their control from the University of Liverpool.
Answers to FAQs from Pfizer Animal Health -
Equine Internal Parasites -
Information sheet from the University of Nebraska containing detailed information on topics such as 'Major Parasites' and 'Control and Treatment'.
Control of Equine Parasites -
Information document from the University of Illinois.
Treatment and Control of Equine Strongyle Infections -
First in a series of pages on this topic containing graphically displayed comparisons between the efficacy of anthelmintics of different chemical groups.
Parasite Control in Foals -
Information article from the University of Illinois.
Controlling Parasites in Foals and Horses -
Information article from the University of Illinois.
Equine Internal Parasite Control -
Information article from the University of Illinois.
Anthelmintic Resistance in the Equine -
Information article from Merial, the pharmaceutical company who are responsible for Eqvalan.
Customised Equine Parasite Control Programmes -
Information article from Merial, the pharmaceutical company who are responsible for Eqvalan.
Equine Parasite Control Practices -
Information article from Merial, the pharmaceutical company who are responsible for Eqvalan.
Pre-Purchase Examination
Pre-Purchase Evaluation -
Informative article from the Atlanta Equine Clinic.
Oklahoma State University -
Informative, illustrated fact sheet from Oklahoma State University on Equine Purchase Examinations.
Notes on the Examination of Horses Prior to Purchase -
Information page from the Liphook Equine Hospital.
Pre-Purchase Evaluation of the Performance Horse -
Referenced article from the Louisiana State University detailing what is involved in the pre-purchase examination of the performance horse. Covers topics such as 'The History and Philosophy of the Examination for Purchase', 'The Legal Aspects of the Examination for Purchase', 'Evaluation of the Performance Horse Relevant to Purchase' and 'Diagnostic Tests and Their Application in a Pre-purchase Examination'.
Radiography and the Pre-Purchase Examination of the Horse -
The University of Pennsylvania have created this comprehensive series of pages, each containing information on a particular aspect of radiographs taken for the purpose of a pre-purchase examination.
University of Nevada: Buying a Horse -
Referenced document from the University of Nevada detailing the points to consider when buying a horse.
The Pre Purchase Examination: Problems in Equine Cardiology -
Detailed and informative series of documents describing in detail the problems that can be detected with the cardiovascular system during the pre-purchase examination.
Tissue Injury and the Repair Process
Tissue Repair and Regeneration -
Power-point style slide presentation from Tulane University that explains the processes involved in tissue repair and regeneration. Contains amazing graphics although takes a little time to download. Worth the wait!
Tissues -
Information on types of tissues from West Clermont, USA.
Tissues, Tissue Repair and Membranes -
Written overview on tissues, tissue repair and membranes from Laredo Community College, USA.
Soft Tissue Wound Healing Review -
Referenced, detailed and well illustrated guide to the process of wound healing from the University of Hertfordshire.
Tissue Injury and Repair Process -
Document containing detailed, written information from Florida International University on tissue injury and the repair process in note form.
Inflammation and Repair -
Lecture notes from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Vaccination Strategies
Injection Reactions in Horses -
A Q & A type article from Equisearch.com concerning reactions to injections.
The Role of Vaccinations in the Health Management of Your Horse -
Revision article from Purdue University detailing how a vaccination works.
Vaccinations -
A page of links to useful articles from Equisearch.com on the subject of vaccinations.
Suggested Vaccinations for Horses -
Tabulated guide to vaccinations, when they should be administered, where on the body they should be administered (eg intra-muscular) and when in the horse's lifetime they should be administerd. Equine Vaccination
Equine Vaccinations -
Referenced answers to FAQs regarding equine vaccinations from the UK National Office of Animal Health.
Tetanus & Influenza Vaccination for Horses and Ponies -
British Horse Society guide to equine vaccination.
Immunisations -
Guide to vaccinations recommended for horses residing in the USA from the Davie County Animal Hospital. Also contains information on vaccinations currently used in the UK such as tetanus and equine influenza.

Equine Vaccination Programmes -
Guide to equine vaccination programmes from the Oklahoma State University.

Vaccines: Their Use, Handling and Care -
From the Oklahoma State University, this factsheet explains how to store and use vaccines safely.

Optimising Vaccination Strategies in Equine Influenza -
Refereed and fully referenced scientific paper which has been made available online by the University of Cambridge.