Strangles: Panic on the yard

Speaker: Philip Ivens

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Strangles: Panic on the yard


The risk of panic on a yard when 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 potential 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.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the biology of Streptococcus equi subspecies equi.
  2. Recognise the clinical signs of strangles and to differentiate atypical cases from classical cases.
  3. Use of appropriate diagnostics in the acute case.
  4. How to control an outbreak spreading.
  5. How to screen for carriers and prevent future outbreaks.