Livestock First Aid and Safety

Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don’t work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured animals.


The presenters focus on how to work safely around these animals and discuss basic first aid techniques to use with livestock and working animals. They also provide tips on livestock first aid …

Mark Your Calendar for May 2015 Webinar: Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response

What happens when an infectious disease causing painful blisters spreads across a region, infecting hundreds of horses and cattle?

Tune in to Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST to find out.

The webinar will be presented by Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. He joined the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1995 and was in charge of Colorado’s response to the 2014 vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak.  …

Equine Piroplasmosis

American dog tick Dermacentor variabilis
Susan Ellis, USDA APHIS PPQ,

What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Equine Piroplasmosis is a protozoal blood parasite disease of equines such as horses, donkeys, mules and zebras. The parasites are usually transmitted by ticks that feed on equines, but can also be spread from animal-to-animal by the transfer of blood in contaminated needles and syringes. The parasites that cause Equine Piroplasmosis are Theileria equi (formerly Babesia equi) and Babesia

Can bleach be used to clean the interior of a horse stable that was flooded with river water?

Bleach can be used, but there are more effective disinfectants for a stable. To disinfect the stalls or paddock, organic matter needs to be removed. The bedding needs to be removed, and the walls and fencing need to be swept or scrubbed off. A pressure washer should then be used with a strong detergent to wash all surfaces. Some areas that are heavily stained may require hand scrubbing. After all surfaces are cleaned and rinsed, as much water or moisture …

What diseases of horses are reportable?

According to the USDA’s National Animal Health Reporting System ( the following horse diseases are reportable to state and/or federal animal health authorities. Individual states may require additional diseases to be reported and additional diseases may be added to this list at any time.
Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)
African horse sickness
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
Echinococcosis / hydatidosis
New World screwworm (Chrysomyia hominivorax)
Old World screwworm (Chrysomyia bezziana)
Trichinellosis (Trichinela spiralis)
Contagious equine metritis (Taylorella equigenitalis)
Dourine (Trypanosoma equiperadum)
Equine …

Vesicular Stomatitis

Kathy Anderson, Extension Horse Specialist, University of Nebraska

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease which affects horses, cattle, swine, and occasionally sheep and goats. Additionally, numerous species of wild animals including deer, bobcats, goats, raccoons and monkeys are susceptible. The virus causing vesicular stomatitis can also infect handlers of infected animals.

Vesicular stomatitis most commonly occurs during warm months in the Southwest region of the United States, particularly along river ways and in valleys. Recent outbreaks in the Southwest …