A significant proportion of equine vets will, at some point in their career, end up unconscious or hospitalised following an injury directly related to their work, the journal Equine Veterinary Education has just published research to back this up. To help address this serious issue we’re launching Don’t Break Your Vet week to encourage horse owners to help reduce the risks that vets sometimes face.


Running from the Thursday 1 February, Don’t Break Your Vet week comprises of a series of seven short video tutorials featuring vet and equine behaviourist Gemma Pearson. The videos provide quick and simple techniques that will help horse owners prepare their horses to be quiet, relaxed and safe for veterinary, and other procedures, including clipping and giving oral medication such as wormers. 

You can watch and share all the videos from our YouTube channel.

More on the research 

The paper has highlighted that an equine vet may expect to sustain between seven and eight work-related injuries that impede them from practicing, during a 30-year working life. This is a far higher figure than other civilian occupations such as the construction industry, prison service and the fire brigade. Bruising, fracture and laceration to the leg or the head were the most common injuries reported with the main cause being a kick with a hind limb. Nearly a quarter of these reported injuries required hospital admission and 7% resulted in loss of consciousness.

We’ve made the article free to access for 12 weeks. Read it here.

More on the videos 

“Many accidents reportedly occur when vets are trying to work with horses who have learnt to avoid examination or treatment and where handlers are not in full control” says David Mountford, CEO at BEVA.  “Gemma’s work at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and her amazing videos show how a little preparation can have a big impact on horse, owner and vet safety.”

The seven practical videos cover how clients can train and prepare their horse for:

• Easy injections
• Learning to stand still
• Calm clipping
• Leading and trotting up
• Happy Heads
• Clicker Training
• Worry-Free Worming

 “These videos make interesting viewing for vets as well as horse owners and build on Gemma’s eBEVA webinar “Practical Equine Behaviour” and the Guidance on Managing Equine Risks that BEVA has produced.”

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