Q: Why is it important for horses to be vaccinated against the Hendra virus?
A: It is important for horses to be vaccinated against the Hendra virus as it is a deadly disease that can kill, and has killed more than 80 horses and 4 humans. There is no treatment for disease at this time and with 2 reported equine cases this year, it’s important to get your horse vaccinated to stop the spread of the disease. The disease gets passed from bats to horses, which have passed it onto humans. A Hendra-positive bat was discovered in Adelaide in January 2013, meaning Hendra positive bats are now known to be in six states or territories around Australia. This disease is not just an issue for Queensland; it’s an issue all over Australia.
Q: What is the national vaccination registry?
A: The national vaccination registry is the database in which all vaccinations that have been carried out by veterinarians in Australia are recorded, allowing users to check the vaccination status of a horse.
Q: I don’t know the microchip number of the horse that I want to search for, how do I find this out?
A: There are a number of ways in which you can find this out, if you are the owner of a vaccinated horse, it will be on your vaccination certificates. If you don’t have access to this information, please talk to your vet who may already know this information or have the chip scanned by your vet.
Q: Can I search for horses outside of Australia?
A: No, the registry only refers to horses that have been vaccinated inside Australia.
Q: Can I search for multiple horses at one time?
A: Yes, click on the multiple horses and then follow the instructions.
Q: My microchip numbers are in an excel file, can I use this to complete a search?
A: Yes, go to the multiple horse section and then click on the ‘Use Excel’ button and follow the instructions
Q: I can’t find the horse that I am searching for, why?
A: If you cannot find the horse you are searching it will be because you are using a different microchip number to the one that is entered. You will have to discuss this with your veterinarian to confirm what chip number has been recorded on the registry. If you don’t know who the vet was that added the horse onto the registry or if your vet confirms that’s the microchip they have for the horse, you will have to contact the Health4Horses support team who can search for the horse using different information including the owners name and address or the horses name.
Q: The information on my horse(s) is incorrect, how do I get this information changed?
A: You will have to contact the Health4Horses support team as they are the only ones that edit the data on the registry.
Q: Can I find out the owner of a horse I'm searching for?
A: Please refer to our privacy and legal information.
Q: What does vaccination status mean?
A: The vaccination status of the horse refers to the amount of vaccinations the horse has had. If the horse has had no vaccinations it is not protected against the virus. If just one shot has been administered the horse is not protected against the virus, If a second shot is done 21 days – 42 days after the first one, then the horse is immune from the virus. For the horse to stay protected against the virus it needs to have a booster every 6 months.
Q: Who do I contact if the vaccination status is lapsed?
A: If the vaccination is lapsed then the horse is no longer protected against the Hendra virus. You will have to contact your vet to start the cycle again.
Q: How do I export the list of horses for my records?
A: Once a search has been made, an export button will appear. Click on this to export a .CSV file.
Q: How can I request vaccination certificates for my horse(s)?
A: To request the vaccination certificates for your horse you can contact your vet who can access them for you.