Horse Owners Needed for Vaccine Trial

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Horse Owners Needed for Ground-Breaking Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial

As the high risk season for Equine Grass Sickness fast approaches the Animal Health Trust, one of the UK’s leading veterinary charities, is urging horse owners to take part in the second year of its ground-breaking nationwide EGS vaccine trial.

A debilitating and often fatal disease affecting horses, ponies and donkeys, Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) occurs predominantly in Europe, with Britain experiencing the highest incidence worldwide. In 2014, 59 cases of EGS were reported through the EGS Surveillance Scheme, but it is likely that this represents only a fraction of cases occurring annually throughout Britain.

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Equine Vets have the highest injury risk of all Civilian Professions

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Being a horse vet in the UK appears to carry the highest risk of injury of any civilian occupation in the UK, according to the results of the first ever survey on injuries within the profession. This study, commissioned by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and conducted by leading medical professionals at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, has prompted BEVA to raise awareness of these risks within the equine industry and to look at ways of ways of making equine veterinary practice safer.

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3,000 Horse and Pony Owners Needed In Fight against Laminitis

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3,000 Horse & Pony Owners Needed To Participate In Fight against Laminitis

More than 3,000 horse and pony owners are needed to collaborate on a new web-based research project, named ‘CARE (Creating Awareness and Reporting Evidence) about laminitis’, that aims to help all horse and pony owners reduce the threat posed by equine laminitis.

The four-year study, being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and generously funded by World Horse Welfare, is being conducted by PhD student, Danica (Dee) Pollard, based at the AHT. It will take a closer look at management factors which may contribute to the development or recurrence of laminitis within the British horse and pony population.

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Beware of sycamore warns Blue Cross

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Blue Cross is urging horse owners to stay vigilant and keep their horses away from sycamore following the tragic death of one of the charity’s rehomed ponies from Atypical Myopathy (AM), which is thought to be caused by toxins from the seeds of the tree. In this instance the seeds were inadvertently brought on to the new owner’s field by floodwater. The charity, in conjunction with veterinary experts, has put together some tips to help keep horses safe.

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Mild Winter May Increase Small Redworm Risks

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Mild winter may increase small redworm risks warns Zoetis.

Early spring is the high-risk time for larval cyathostominosis, a potentially fatal syndrome caused by the mass emergence of small redworm from their dormant, encysted state. Worming experts at Zoetis are warning that this year, the risk of disease may be higher than usual, following the UK’s exceptionally mild, wet winter.

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Does your vet deserve an award?

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Has your vet gone that “extra mile” for your horse?

Would you be lost without your vet’s support? If so, there’s still time to nominate them for a Petplan Veterinary award.

Petplan’s Head of Marketing, Isabella von Mesterhazy, comments, “At Petplan we work very closely with the equine veterinary profession, and know first-hand, as well as from our customers how important veterinary advice and dedication is. So if you are lucky enough to have a vet who is willing to ‘go that extra mile’ this is your chance to show them how much their support and commitment is appreciated.”

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Vets with Horsepower to storm Europe for Charity

A team of 15 of the most senior academic and practicing specialist veterinary surgeons in the country are taking to the roads to raise money for working equines. The team are known as the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ and they will be travelling on motorbikes through 10 countries to deliver CPD events to hundreds of vets throughout Europe.

The team will undertake an endurance motorbike ride from the UK to St Petersburg and back again to raise funds for two chosen charities.  With their special interest in helping working equines, they have chosen to support the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust – a small charity making a big difference to the lives of working equines and their owners in The Gambia. The second charity that they will be supporting is The Smile Train, who provide operations to repair cleft palates for those in need.

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Industry believes new vet schools aren’t needed in the UK

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New vet schools are not needed in the UK was the conclusion of a contentious debate held by members at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress last month. More than 70% of voters disagreed with the debate motion this house believes that new vet schools will benefit equine veterinary practice in the UK. This result reflects a recent industry survey indicating that up to five times as many veterinary graduates may be seeking work in equine practice as there are jobs available.

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