Practical management of strangles

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Practical management of strangles

11 Nov 2021
BVA/BEVA Equine Theatre

The risk of panic on a yard when the strangles is a differential diagnosis is I am sure all too familiar to us as equine vets. Counterbalanced by the occasional yards that seem to have a stubborn indifference to the disease and see it no more than a ‘bad cold’. We as veterinary surgeons have a duty to calm the panic with a coherent, structured and most importantly consistent approach tailored to that individual yard. In cases of indifference explain the potential ramifications of what still can be a very serious and potentially fatal disease. The lecture will be centred around the HBLB guidelines on strangles with pragmatic and field-based advice. The key roles of the biology of the bacteria Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (Strep. equi), prudent and sensible use of diagnostics and biosecurity will be emphasised wrapped around the need for communication between veterinary surgeons/practices and horse owners.

  • Understand biology of the pathogen
  • Understand the diagnostic tests in different scenarios
  • Understand the implementation of outbreak tailored control measures
  • Understand biosecurity pertaining to strangles

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