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.
UK to Introduce Central Equine Database after Endorsement of Tougher EU Laws in Wake of Horse Meat Scandal
The UK is to establish a much needed new central equine database as part of a more robust – and enforceable – equine identification (horse passport) system after EU member states endorsed proposals for stronger regulations after flaws were laid bare in last year’s horse meat scandal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) run by leading charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association is taking place in May 2014.
If you would like to take part you can register on their website. As an added incentive, a number of prizes are on offer.
According to the charity you can help protect the well-being of the UK’s horses and ponies by sparing just five minutes in May to take part in the online National Equine Health Survey (NEHS).
Now in its fourth year, NEHS is an annual survey run by leading charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association. It is a quick and easy online snapshot survey that is helping to discover more about common health issues in horses, directly from horse owners themselves.
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.”
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.
Robinson Animal Healthcare recently donated more than one thousand bandages to the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to support them in supplying overseas charities with vital provisions.
The WVS provides animal welfare charities all over the world with a sustainable veterinary resource, providing vital aid, which would otherwise not be available.
Said Tessa King, the WVS Charity Support & Projects Manager: “So many of our charities need these bandages as they are very difficult to obtain abroad so this donation really will make a huge difference and we cannot express our thanks enough!