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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:


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.

AHT To Conduct Rider Weight Survey

The Animal Health Trust are asking owners to volunteer their horses to help in their latest ground-breaking study, which aims to help develop guidelines for appropriate rider weight for horses. 

New Testing App Launched as BHA's Anti-Doping Strategy Moves Towards Paperless System

All post-race testing at Royal Ascot will be recorded using a smartphone app
New technology will be in place for all subsequent race meetings and will extend to out of competition testing in due course
Switch to mobile technology part of progress towards a modernised, digital testing strategy in Britain

BEVA Thanks Vets and Vet Nurses During Volunteers’ Week

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has issued a heartfelt thank you to Veterinary and Veterinary Nurse members who have volunteered their time and expertise over the past 12 months, in support of the BEVA Trust’s new focus. BEVA also wishes to thank its Council members and BEVA Congress speakers, all of whom are volunteers.

Equine Herpes Virus-1 Neurological Disease Outbreak (Yorkshire)

Equine Herpes Virus-1 has been confirmed in a Thoroughbred Trainer’s property in Hambleton, Yorkshire.   Vets and trainers are warned to be vigilant

Nations should put their weight behind care for racehorses

All international horseracing jurisdictions have been urged to put their weight behind organisations that care for racehorses when they leave active service on the racecourse.