Mid to late term pregnancy loss is a critical issue for the Australian thoroughbred horse industry. Causes of pregnancy loss have not been investigated on a national level and adequate post-mortems of aborted foetuses are not possible in several Australia’s largest thoroughbred breeding areas. AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Program is developing a system to investigate and record the pathology and histology of mid to late term pregnancy losses in thoroughbred mares throughout Australia.
The Phase Two project will trial what has been developed in Phase One of the project and pilot the implementation of foetus post mortems across Southern QLD, Southern NSW and Northern VIC. Phase Two will coordinate the enrolment of studs/mare owners into the program who will provide foetuses to predetermined veterinary clinics for post mortem assessment. The successful applicant will work with these veterinarian clinics, mare/stud owners and the Phase One research team to deliver a pilot post mortem project within these three areas of Australia. The project implementation will focus on administration and coordination of Phase Two. The Phase Two project will include recruiting, organising and delivering funding for studs/mare owners to undertake post-mortems of late term pregnancy foetus abortions at nominated veterinary clinics, collate results of analysis of post-mortem test results, and ensure results are received by studs/mare owners within an acceptable time period. The technical aspects of Phase Two will be undertaken by the Phase One research team.
Deliverables will include:
- Enrolment of studs/mare owners to the program
- 250 post mortems of late term pregnancy abortions processed, analysed and results inputted into the database.
- Organising and undertaking payment of veterinarian clinics for post mortems of enrolled studs investigated.
- A list of studs/mare owners enrolled in the project and those who received funding from the project.
- Pre, during and post project communications tools and materials to enrol mare owners/studs to participate, inform levy payers of project, and extend project outputs.
Outcomes will include:
- Inclusion of post mortem analysis results in the post mortem database from Phase One that are from outside of the Hunter Valley.
- An additional 250 post mortems fed into the database for epidemiological assessment.
This project is targeted towards organisations who have significant project management experience and skills, and financial management experience and skills. Organisations making a submission are required to contact the Manager, Research for further details and a project plan.
A budget attachment must also be provided as part of the application.