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Levy Update

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published the 2017 Horserace Betting Levy Regulations. This legislation, once approved by both Houses of Parliament and the European Commission, will extend the Levy to all bookmakers accepting bets on British racing by British customers. 

RCVS publishes its framework for meeting the challenges and maximising opportunities of Brexit

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has published its three ‘Brexit Principles’ which constitute a framework for navigating the risks posed to the veterinary industry by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, while maximising the opportunities it offers. 

The Latest Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report Available

We would like to notify you of the availability of the latest Defra/AHT/BEVA equine quarterly disease surveillance report. 

Keep pulling together and make Brexit an opportunity says equine industry

The hot topics of Brexit’s impact on the horse industry and the threat of inflated business rates were amongst many subjects keenly debated by a government minister, academics, charities, horse owners and breed society representatives, at the 25th National Equine Forum (NEF) held in London last week. The prevailing refrain was that the industry should continue to pull together and recognise change as opportunity. This year’s event was sold out and had a waiting list, reflecting the growing popularity and importance to the industry of this highly informative, non-partisan event. The National Equine Forum unites leaders, influencers, listeners and debaters to drive discussion on some of today’s most pertinent equestrian matters. This year, as well as speculating on the good and the bad of Brexit and alarming increases in business rates for riding schools and livery yards, the latest progress with the Central Equine Database was presented and the Thoroughbred Health Network was officially ...

Fire and Rescue Pioneer Receives NEF Award

Jim Green, pioneer of equine emergency rescue methodology and training was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF).

The Thoroughbred Health Network launches at the National Equine Forum

The ‘Thoroughbred Health Network’ has been run as a Northern pilot project since June 2015.  On the 2nd March it launched as a UK-wide initiative at the 25th National Equine Forum in London, widening its focus from racing, to the equestrian sector.

EHV -1 neurological disease case confirmed

A case of EHV -1 neurological disease has been confirmed in Worcestershire. If you require any further information please contact the Animal Health Trust for further details. 

Revised Version of Equine Standards Released

The revised National Occupational Standards for Equine have now been approved and are available for use at

BHA Notice for the intra-articular administration of corticosteroids

The BHA would like to draw trainers’ vets’ and other participants’ attention to its previously published advice regarding the intra-articular administration of corticosteroids.  

College announces updates to Practice Standards Scheme modules

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has recently made minor updates to the Practice Standards Scheme’s (PSS) modules for accreditations and awards.