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HEALTH AND MEDICINES 

Covering topics likely to affect the health of the horse


 

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

The health and medicines committee reports on subjects that are likely to affect the health of the horse or affect BEVA members. We actively lobby and represent BEVA members across a number of issues, you can find out more about what we are up to below. 

Our main remit is to support and provide advice to members on the use of medicines in the UK and withdrawal times in competition animals and lobby the British government for the British government for the continued availability of drugs considered essential for the welfare of the horses.

- Roly Owers, Chair of the Health and Medicines Committee

 

committe members

Roly Owers (Chair)
Sarah Smith (Deputy Chair)
Dave Rendle
Bruce Bladon
Antony Clements
Meredith Smith
Josh Slater (Co-opted)
Mark Bowen  (Co-opted)

WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON 

A brief description of the key projects we are working on at the moment are listed below. If you have a question for the committee pleasecontact us

THE DISEASE COALITION

The Disease Coalition was established to increase the UK's level of preparedness for a major equine disease outbreak and plays a key role in addressing the health associated risks identified in the Equine Sector Council strategy. The Coalition focuses on key areas of risk that threaten the health of the UK horse population. It enables the equine sector to use its knowledge and expertise to take the lead in the area whilst working closely with relevant authorities. 

Find out more about the Disease Coalition >>

BVA MEDICINES COMMITTEE

The medicines committee is a special working group that reports to the British Veterinary Association (BVA) council and responds to specific questions regarding veterinary medicine legislation. It is currently responding to draft EU regulation for Veterinary Medicines but also campaigns for responsible medicine use generally.

DEFRA / AHT / BEVA EQUINE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE GROUP 

This collaboration reviews national disease data collated through multiple diagnostic laboratories and veterinary practices throughout the United Kingdom, providing an in-depth insight to the incidence and prevalence of infectious disease. Due to the global mixing of the equine population through international trade and travel, collaboration on infectious disease surveillance between countries occurs on a frequent basis to inform and alert. Both national and international information is summarised and published in quarterly reports. 

View the quarterly reports >>

THE EQUINE SECTOR COUNCIL

The sector council aims to maximise the equine sector’s effectiveness in identifying and managing issues and work-streams cooperatively and coordinating the use of its resources, expertise and effort, using a risk based approach, encouraging partnership working wherever possible.

Find out more about the Equine Sector Council >>

THE FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN EQUINE VETERINARY ASSOCIATIONS (FEEVA)

FEEVA represents equine veterinary associations across continental Europe and beyond. It lobbies the European Parliament as well as member states on equine veterinary matters. BEVA intends to maintain its membership of FEEVA post Brexit since many of the challenges facing equine vets in the UK also affect those across Europe, indeed having a strong voice through FEEVA will be essential for us after we leave Europe.