Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Asked: 25/11/2007, 21:12 by janet burmeister burmeister.
Answered: 27/11/2007, 20:39 by James Urry.
Yes and No. AHS vaccination is compulsory for all horses in the Protection zone, whereas in the Surveillance zone one has to request permission from the SV Boland before you can vaccinate, whilst in the free zone theoretically you may not vaccinate at all. However, because most of the horses in the Free zone are thoroughbreds (at Milnerton) and participate regularly in races they are all vaccinated with SV Boland permission.
If the proposed OIE (Organisation International Epizooties or commonly World Animal Health Organisation) Code changes are accepted by the OIE and EU then it will become compulsory to vaccinate in the surveillance zone as well, but until this happens the status quo remains. This is unlikely to happen before mid 2008 as we are battling to get it on SVC (Standing Veterinary Committee of the EU) committee in Brussels.
AHS Control information pamphlet, including maps of the control zones.
Contributed by Dr Gary Buhrmann, Chief State Veterinarian Boland.