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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”.

Central funding of British racing moves into new era as replacement Levy comes into force on 25 April 2017

New Levy to take effect from Tuesday 25 April 2017 capturing a statutory return from all betting on British racing
Levy receipts to be targeted at growing the grassroots of British racing and will also support integrity, equine welfare, veterinary science and the mental and physical wellbeing of the sport’s participants


British racing welcomes European Commission’s endorsement of new Levy scheme

European Commission today announced its endorsement of the new Horserace Betting Levy which will capture all betting on the sport
Proposed rate of 10% on Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) (subject to a de minimis threshold of £500,000) also confirmed
Levy receipts will be targeted at growing the grassroots of British racing and will also support integrity, equine welfare, veterinary science and the mental and physical wellbeing of the sport’s participants.

Amendments to the BHA Rules of Racing – Cobalt and Medication Records

In April 2016, the BHA implanted a raceday cobalt threshold in urine of 100ng/ml total cobalt.
Whilst cobalt is an essential trace element and is naturally present in the horse, it may also have the potential to enhance performance when present at concentrations that exceed normal physiological parameters. However, it is also possible that exposure to significantly increased
levels of cobalt may have welfare implications for the horse.

New Working Party set up to consider legislative changes

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has set up a Working Party to consider whether new legislation to regulate the profession may be appropriate.

An Update on the Levy Replacement

British racing has this evening taken a significant step towards securing the Levy replacement, following a vote in favour of the Horserace Betting Levy Regulations in the House of Lords, which has completed the Parliamentary process. This Statutory Instrument will enact the extension of the Levy to offshore betting operators that will ensure a fair, enforceable and sustainable return from all betting activity on our sport.

BEVA’s MumsVet introduces Bump Protector to keep pregnant vets safer

MumsVet, the British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA) online information and support network for equine veterinary professionals who are balancing work with parenthood, has introduced the essential BEVA Bump Protector, to help pregnant equine vets feel safer in practice.

College announces Award winners

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is pleased to announce Dr Barry Johnson as the winner of this year’s Queen’s Medal, and Kathy Kissick as the winner of this year’s Golden Jubilee Award. These awards are the highest honours the College can bestow upon a veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse respectively.