New United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Influenza vaccination rule effective December 1, 2015
Equine influenza virus (EIV) is one of the leading respiratory diseases in the United States and, in recent years, the number of infected horses has been on the rise. In an effort to protect horses against these two prevalent respiratory diseases, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will implement a rule effective Dec. 1, 2015, mandating that all horses be current (within six months) on their EIV and equine herpesvirus vaccines prior to entering a USEF show. The rule does require horses be vaccinated against EHV and equine influenza (either by a veterinarian or by the horse’s owner or by the owner’s agent as directed by a veterinarian and that documentation of vaccination must accompany the horse at the show) in order to be eligible to show at USEF-sanctioned competitions.
The one exception is in cases where a veterinarian certifies a horse cannot be vaccinated due to a history of adverse reactions, in which case twice daily temperature logs are kept on the horse prior to and during the show.
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