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Race identity checks to minimise risk of incorrect horses running in races

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the secondary scanning procedures at racecourses – whereby horses’ microchips are scanned upon leaving the stables before a race – have been enhanced further with a race-specific identity check.

Stewart Hastie, 22nd September 1922 – 21st February 2018

Stewart Hastie died suddenly on 21st February 2018, aged 95 years. Stewart, a Scotsman, was a graduate of the University of Glasgow and worked as a veterinary surgeon for 74 years, focussing predominantly on horses throughout his career.

3rd Horse Health Week Focus on ‘Doing the Best for Your Horse’ 5-9th March 2018

Milton Keynes, February 05, 2018 – The 3rd Horse Health Week (HHW), taking place between 5th to 9th March 2018, will focus on ‘Doing the Best for Your Horse’.  The week will be supported with a range of targeted materials that encourage owners and practices to make individual commitments to improving the health of horses in their care.  

Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food

A report released this week has reiterated that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains one of the biggest threats to public health.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: CCTV in slaughterhouses: Legislation laid in Parliament

CCTV to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new legislation laid in Parliament

Horsepower is back!

Fresh from his memorable plenary lecture and standing ovation at BEVA congress 2017, the incredible Professor Derek Knottenbelt is back with his band of intrepid motorbike-riding vets to raise money for charities. Not content with riding the length of Great Britain nor crossing the expanses of Africa, the team are tackling their toughest challenge yet -4000 miles across the Arctic Circle. 

Live Streaming for National Equine Forum

This year’s National Equine Forum (NEF), on 8 March 2018, will be accessible to hundreds more people this year thanks to the introduction of free live streaming. In addition, the Forum now has its own new website.

Vets ‘delighted to see animal welfare high on the political agenda’

Commenting on Labour’s draft policy document: ‘Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few’, published today, British Veterinary Association President John Fishwick said: 

BHA launches racehorse aftercare survey

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that it will be launching a survey to better understand the aftercare of thoroughbreds.

Horse Owners and Industry Get on Board with Don't Break Your Vet Week

Last week we launched Don't Break Your Vet week in response to the article published in our journal Equine Veterinary Education that highlighted the risks equine vets face.