As an accredited veterinarian, one of your many roles and responsibilities is to inspect horses, including horses intended for processing, and sign documents allowing them to travel. This is an important task and one that must be done properly to prevent the spread of disease and protect the well-being of horses traveling to processing facilities.
This module will review the federal regulations governing the health, well-being, and paperwork requirements for transporting horses intended for slaughter within the United States and internationally. It will also outline the inspection duties an accredited veterinarian must perform when assessing a slaughter horse's fitness for transport.
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Find current health and well-being regulations for the interstate movement and international export of horses for slaughter;
- Explain why horses need to be healthy to be able to withstand transport due to the physiological stress they will endure while being shipped long distances;
- List conditions that would make a horse unfit to travel;
- Describe the physical exams and assessments that will determine a horse’s fitness to travel; and
- Make recommendations to owners and shippers to ensure their horses arrive at their destination humanely and within the legal regulatory framework.