USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has announced the launch of the second phase of its Equine 2015 Equine Health Study. This will conclude NAHMS third national study of the U.S. equine industry. Data collection will begin again in May and continue through September.
The second phase of the study was postponed because of last year’s highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak, which led to the largest response to an animal disease emergency in U.S. history. The response required the USDA to temporarily reassign personnel that had been tasked with collecting data for the next phase of the study. These personnel are now available again to collect the data.
The Equine 2015 Study was designed to provide participants, industry, and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will serve as a basis for education, service, and research related to equine health and management, while providing the industry with information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005 and 2015/2016.
For more information about the 1995, 2005, and 2015/2016 Equine Studies please visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/monitoring-and-surveillance/nahms/ct_nahms_equine_studies.