Journal article

Information delivery and the veterinarian-horse owner relationship in the context of Hendra virus in Australia

Charis Hii, Navneet K Dhand, Jenny-Ann LML Toribio, Melanie R Taylor, Anke Wiethoelter, Nicole Schembri, Kate Sawford, Nina Kung, Barbara Moloney, Therese Wright, Hume Field, Kathrin Schemann



Hendra virus (HeV) is an emerging bat-borne virus endemic in Australia that can be transmitted from horses to humans and has a high fatality rate for horses and people. Controversy surrounding HeV risk mitigation measures have strained the veterinarian-horse owner relationship. This study aimed to characterise the veterinarian-horse owner relationship in general and also in the context of HeV by analysing data derived from the 'Horse Owners and Hendra Virus: A Longitudinal Study to Evaluate Risk' (HHALTER) study. Australian horse owners were recruited via emails, social media and word-of-mouth for a series of five surveys that were administered online at six-monthly intervals over a two-year..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The University of Western Sydney was contracted by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation to undertake this research project. This research was funded by the Commonwealth of Australia, the State of New South Wales and the State of Queensland under the National Hendra Virus Research Program.