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Ethics Review Panel trial expanded to cover practice based equine research

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has decided to extend its Ethics Review Panel for a further year with an expanded remit to consider a greater diversity of applications.

Keele University unveils plans to create multi-million pound veterinary school

North Staffordshire is set to get a multi-million pound veterinary school to help train hundreds of future vets and fill critical shortages in the industry.

65 People Arrested for Organised Crime in Regards to Horse Meat

The Spanish Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, has dismantled an organised crime group that was trading horsemeat in Europe that was unfit for human consumption. The operation was carried out in coordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In Spain, 65 people were arrested and charged with crimes such as animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and being part of a criminal organisation.

College warns profession not to employ bogus vet

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has issued a warning to veterinary practices not to employ a bogus vet who steals the identity of legitimately registered members in order to practise fraudulently. 

New BEVA Medicines Guidance

BEVA has revamped its online medicines guidance resource to help members to negotiate the intricacies of prescribing equine medicines and to use the Cascade accurately.

Prospect of Increased Income and Expenditure as Levy Board Publishes 2016/17 Annual Report

The Horserace Betting Levy Board has today released its 2016/17 Annual Report which includes the audited accounts for the year.

Equine Infectious Anaemia Reported in Northern Europe

It has been reported in both Germany and the Netherlands that there have been recent outbreaks of Equine Infectious Anaemia, all related to the import of Argentinian Polo ponies – possibly in the same single consignment. The latest update states:

NEW STAND-DOWN PERIOD: BISPHOSPHONATES

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) would like to advise the Responsible Person (i.e. trainers, owners, breeders) and their veterinary surgeons of a new Rule requiring a mandatory 30 day Stand-Down period from racing following the administration of any bisphosphonate licensed for equine use. This Rule will be effective from 10 August 2017.

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.