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Animal Health Week Sept 28-Oct 4, 2014

Animal_Health_WeekThe Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is highlighting antimicrobial stewardship during Animal Health Week from September 28 to October 4, 2014. It is an opportunity to promote veterinarians as responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy.

Using the campaign slogan Our Role, Our Responsibility, we will encourage animal owners to trust in their veterinarian, use antibiotics safely and keep their pets healthy.

Animal owners should know that veterinarians are responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but their use must be appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs. Not all illnesses require an antibiotic prescription – testing may be required in order for a veterinarian to determine whether or not an antibiotic is required. Antibiotics should be administered exactly as prescribed by a veterinarian. Healthy animals can better fight off potential illnesses. A healthy lifestyle includes regular veterinary visits, vaccinations, parasite prevention, exercise and good nutrition.


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Announcing the First Nationally-Certified Trail Riding and Tourism Instructors, Guides and Evaluators

Congratulations to the first class of certified trail Instructors, Evaluators and Guides, including 8 Albertans: Neil Maclaine, Undine Maclaine, Tracy Klettl, Timothy Mearns, and Ruth Ratcliffe!

Photo Credit: Equine Canada

Photo Credit: Equine Canada

The new Canadian Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program kick started their series of national certification evaluations in New Brunswick at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch held June 11-13. Eighteen people from eight provinces took part in this ground-breaking event for trail riding in Canada and are now certified as professionals in the trail riding industry. Equine Canada is pleased to announce the following list of recently certified trail riding guides and trail evaluators.

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RIDERS4HELMETS Announces International Helmet Awareness Day 2014

International Helmet Awareness Day- July 12, 2014! Get educated and take the time to check out some of the new, lightweight helmet styles for all disciplines.  Look for participating retailers at: http://www.riders4helmets.com/ihad/ to find one offering  one-time special discounts on helmet purchases only on International Helmet Awareness Day! Keep your noggin safe !

Here’s some good stats to keep in mind from the Equestrian Medical Safety Association:

  • A fall from two feet can cause permanent brain damage. A horse elevates a rider eight feet or more above ground.
  • A human skull can be shattered by an impact of 4 to 6miles per hour. Horses can gallop at 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Retailers! get involved in the event by registering at www.riders4helmets.com/ihad/retailer-information

Helmet brands that have committed involvement in International Helmet Awareness Day 2014 to date include: Antares-Sellier, Champion, Charles Owen, Devon Aire, Gatehouse, GPA, International Riding Helmets (IRH), KEP Italia, LAS Helmets, One K, Ovation, Samshield, Tipperary, Troxel and Uvex.

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Equine Canada’s First Certification Event for Equestrian Tourism Professionals

2123D6BanffLakeLouiseTourismEquine Canada’s first national evaluation to certify professional Trail Leaders, Trail Riding Instructors, Guides and Evaluators will be held at Broadleaf Guest Ranch in New Brunswick, from June 11-13. Twenty-two people from eight different provinces will be travelling east hoping to be the first certified professionals of the Trail Riding and Tourism Certification program.The Trail Riding and Tourism Certification Program was developed to support and enhance the trail riding and equestrian tourism industry in Canada. With clear industry standards, professional trail leaders, trail riding instructors and trail guides will ensure that all Canadians and visiting tourists have the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore the country on horseback.

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