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BEVA ‘proud’ of horse vets for safeguarding equine welfare

BEVA has defended the work equine vets do to safeguard horse welfare, stating “profit must not be confused with a lack of passion”.

The call came after a session titled “Are vets failing our horses?” took place at the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum in London.

Regional “hot spot” of Borna disease discovered in Upper Austria

Bornaviruses cause a lethal form of encephalitis, called Borna disease, among horses and sheep. To date there have been only a few reported cases in Austria. Recently, however, four horses were afflicted in the same area of Upper Austria within just two years. Tests conducted on local shrews, the only known reservoir host for the virus, confirmed the suspicion of a local viral reservoir. A large proportion of the small mammals investigated by the researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna tested positive for Bornaviruses, which were revealed to be genetically distinct from strains found in neighbouring regions such as Bavaria. The study, conducted in cooperation with the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and local veterinarians, and published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections, documents this rare outbreak of Borna disease in a new endemic area in Austria.

AHT To Conduct Rider Weight Survey

The Animal Health Trust are asking owners to volunteer their horses to help in their latest ground-breaking study, which aims to help develop guidelines for appropriate rider weight for horses. 

New Testing App Launched as BHA's Anti-Doping Strategy Moves Towards Paperless System

All post-race testing at Royal Ascot will be recorded using a smartphone app
New technology will be in place for all subsequent race meetings and will extend to out of competition testing in due course
Switch to mobile technology part of progress towards a modernised, digital testing strategy in Britain

BEVA Thanks Vets and Vet Nurses During Volunteers’ Week

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has issued a heartfelt thank you to Veterinary and Veterinary Nurse members who have volunteered their time and expertise over the past 12 months, in support of the BEVA Trust’s new focus. BEVA also wishes to thank its Council members and BEVA Congress speakers, all of whom are volunteers.

Equine Herpes Virus-1 Neurological Disease Outbreak (Yorkshire)

Equine Herpes Virus-1 has been confirmed in a Thoroughbred Trainer’s property in Hambleton, Yorkshire.   Vets and trainers are warned to be vigilant

Nations should put their weight behind care for racehorses

All international horseracing jurisdictions have been urged to put their weight behind organisations that care for racehorses when they leave active service on the racecourse.

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior

Lord Lawson Soulsby died peacefully on 8th May 2017. 

Vets are vital to deliver UK’s post-Brexit vision for animal health and welfare

BVA’s ‘Brexit and the veterinary profession’ report, which has been developed through extensive consultation outlines the essential role that the UK veterinary workforce plays in not only caring for animals, but in enabling trade, ensuring food hygiene and safety, and undertaking cutting-edge research.

Can airborne viruses survive in water?

A new study challenges the tenet that herpes viruses, like most enveloped viruses, are relatively unstable outside their host. Under a variety of conditions equine herpesvirus remained stable and infectious over a three week period. This suggests that untreated water could be a source of infection by some herpesviruses. The results are reported in the scientific journal “Scientific Reports”.
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