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Posted by National Admin on 19/11/2019.

Statement from Chair

Dear Members,

This evening the FEI General Assembly being held in Moscow discussed the matter of Hendra Virus Vaccination for FEI competitions within Australia.

I had the honour and privilege of representing EA members and presenting our position on this matter to the FEI.

Please find below a copy of the FEI statement along with a copy of my reply submitted to the FEI General Assembly this evening. 

Ricky MacMillan

Chair Equestrian Australia.

FEI Statement

Hendra Virus - The Veterinary Committee and Veterinary Department has gathered information on the current situation in Australia regarding Hendra Virus.

Hendra Virus is a rare zoonosis that has caused severe and fatal disease in both infected horses and humans.

Considerable work has been done in Australia to develop and implement biosecurity protocols to mitigate risk. In order to ensure compliance with FEI Veterinary regulations, treating veterinarians at FEI Events in Australia must be licensed to practice in Australia. 

There is no requirement for horses to be vaccinated against Hendra Virus to attend FEI Events. The FEI Veterinary Committee has unanimously agreed not to propose the introduction of mandatory Hendra vaccination. 

Equestrian Australia response

Equestrian Australia on behalf of its members acknowledge this position. We look forward to full consultation and working together with the FEI on any such biosecurity matters in the future.


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