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Horse Quiz

How much do you know about issues facing the horse industry today?  Here are a few questions, rate yourself to see how you did.

  1. True or False?  By 2018, most veterinarians will be women.
    True.  When the 2007 veterinary school graduates entered the workforce, the veterinary profession reached a tipping point.  For the first time in history, According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more women than men were practicing veterinarians.
  2. True or False?  A shortage of large animal veterinarians is likely to develop over the next 10 years? True.  In an 2006 AVMA study showed that the demand for food animal veterinarians, those who specialize in cattle, swine and other livestock will increase by 12 – 13 percent by 2016.  However, in the same study the number of veterinarians trained to treat large animals will only grow by 7 or 8 percent leaving a potential shortfall of at least 4 percent.
  3. True or False?  Federal law specifies that only a veterinarian can float a horse’s teeth.
    False.  Equine dentistry is regulated at the state level and laws vary amount different jurisdictions.
  4. True or False?  A growing number of U.S, horses are now exported to other countries to be slaughtered.
    True.  Slaughter plants that process horses for human consumption continue to operate in Canada and Mexico and data from several sources suggest that more horses are now being transported across the borders since US slaughter facilities were closed.


  daagelle wrote @

YIKES in response to questions 2 and 5. I heard that there is supposed to be a new bill that would make it illegal (if passed) to ship horses out of the country for slaughter too. Do you know if it still exists? If so, what’s the status on it?

  Barb wrote @

On July 9, 2011 Sen Mary Landrieu, (D – LA) and co-sponsor Sen Lindsey graham (R-SC) has introduced Senate Bill S.1176 The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 to amend the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. ch. 44) to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.

On November 18, 2011, the ban on the slaughter of horses for meat was lifted as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012

  Barb wrote @

In 2013, the Obama administration proposed a move to remove funding for US Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in the 2014 financial year

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