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Biosecurity Guidelines for Control of Venereally Transmitted Diseases

© Copyright AAEP 2015


These guidelines are intended to serve as recommendations.  They are neither regulations nor directives for standard of care and should not be interpreted as such.  It is the responsibility of attending veterinarians, through an appropriate veterinarian-client-patient relationship, to utilize relevant information to determine optimal management of the horses in their practice.  It is incumbent on each individual practitioner to reach a decision on actions to be taken based on the circumstances of each unique situation and his or her professional experience. 


AAEP guidelines are created simply to serve as guidelines for the practitioner and the equine industry.  As such, they do not have the force of law. All guidelines issued by the AAEP should be regarded as one of several tools or resources, which a practitioner may take into consideration in the context of his or her practice. All practitioners are encouraged first and foremost to understand and comply with the laws, regulations and standard of care of their appropriate jurisdiction. While guidelines are intended to promote a standard for veterinary practice, lack of adherence to any specific AAEP guideline does not constitute grounds for disciplinary action. The AAEP can exercise disciplinary action only in connection with its own members and its action is limited to denial of membership in the AAEP. The AAEP shall have no liability whatsoever for any of its guidelines.

A subcommittee of the AAEP board reviews all of the AAEP guidelines and position statements every five years. Any proposed revisions are approved by a vote of the full board. Dates listed in parenthesis indicate either the date the original statement was approved or the approval date of the latest revision.

Special thanks to task force members: Drs. Terry Blanchard (Chair), Steven Brinsko, Reed Holyoak, Charles Love, Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, Peter Timoney, and Dickson Varner.