Response of Australian veterinarians to the announcement of a Hendra virus vaccine becoming available

Aust Vet J. 2013 Aug;91(8):328-31. doi: 10.1111/avj.12092.


Design: A cross-sectional study of private veterinarians providing equine services in Queensland.

Results: The study revealed that a majority of veterinarians would support the introduction of a Hendra virus (HeV) vaccine. Moreover, almost half of the respondents intended to make vaccination a prerequisite to horse patient presentation. However, participants also responded that a vaccine would not reduce the risk sufficiently to cease or downgrade their HeV management plan and infection control measures.

Conclusion: When devising promoting and marketing campaigns, government agencies and manufacturers should consider private veterinarians' intentions as a significant driver for the uptake of the HeV vaccine.

Keywords: Hendra virus; biosecurity; infection control; vaccines; veterinarians.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Hendra Virus / immunology*
  • Henipavirus Infections / immunology
  • Henipavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Henipavirus Infections / veterinary*
  • Henipavirus Infections / virology
  • Horse Diseases / prevention & control
  • Horse Diseases / virology*
  • Horses
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Queensland
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vaccination / methods
  • Vaccination / veterinary*
  • Veterinarians
  • Viral Vaccines*
  • Zoonoses / immunology
  • Zoonoses / prevention & control
  • Zoonoses / virology*


  • Viral Vaccines