Manly Road 24hr Veterinary Hospital

PH: 3396 9733

219 Manly Road, Manly QLD 4179



As you are aware, Hendra Virus Is Deadly to People and Horses! A horse affected by Hendra virus is consequently infectious to other horses and people and may show any of (but not limited to) the following signs:


  • Colic
  • Respiratory signs
  • Depression
  • Off food
  • Increased Temperature
  • Discomfort, weight shifting
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Neurological signs
  • Other signs – unexplained death, teeth grinding, muscle tremors, altered gait or stance, swelling of face or lips
  • NO SIGNS at all!



When an unvaccinated horse requires veterinary attention, it potentially exposes the horse owner, handler and our veterinary staff to the deadly Hendra virus, which poses a work, health and safety issue.  In this event, we will be able to administer only limited, if any, veterinary care until the results of exclusion testing are available. Currently, this can take 1 to 3 days before the results are available from the government laboratory which charge an additional fee for this service. Unvaccinated horses cannot be admitted to our hospital. Obviously, these delays could be critical to the horse’s survival. Also, whenever the veterinarian is required to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) (see video ‘Suit Up! PPE for veterinarians’: for all in-contact people, as per the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011, extra costs result.


We believe it is our moral and professional duty to be proactive in ensuring all horses are vaccinated. The vaccine has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, the Australian Government authority responsible for the assessment and registration of pesticides and veterinary medicines.

  • Vaccinating your horse for Hendra virus costs less than one cup of coffee per week!  

Please call our friendly Equine Team for pricing.

For further advice about our Hendra virus protocols, for example in relation to dental procedures, lameness examinations etc., please phone the Manly Road Veterinary Hospital and ask to speak to our equine veterinarians, Dr Duncan, Dr Marion & Dr Abigail. In the interests of the health and safety of yourself, your horse, your family and our veterinary team, we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Important Client Information about Hendra Virus in Horses

It is essential that all horse owners are fully informed about the dangers of Hendra virus. Please access these Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF QLD) links to read vital information for horse owners.


Information for horse industries and owners


Hendra virus information for horse owners


General information about Hendra virus

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