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BHA seeks rule change on anti-doping penalties

The BHA is seeking to amend the Rules of Racing to avoid weakening the ability for penalties to be imposed for breaching the equine anti-doping rules.

World renowned vet changing the face of equine medicine celebrates 35 years supporting horse and their health with latest research results

Leading veterinary research charity the Animal Health Trust (AHT) is celebrating the anniversary of one of their most valued members of staff, Dr Sue Dyson, with the release of her latest results of her eagerly awaited facial expressions and behaviour study. 

New BHA Wind Surgery Rule

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that, as of 19 January 2018, racecards will be able to carry information that confirms when a horse is having its first run after having undergone a wind surgery. This has been introduced with the needs of the sport’s betting customer as the focus, and in the interests of openness and transparency. A survey led by the Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) recently found that information on wind surgeries is the piece of information most requested by the betting public. As well as enhanced data for betting customers – and the beneficial impact this will also have on the integrity of betting markets – this development will also allow the BHA to collect research data on the nature, frequency and impact of wind surgeries on racehorses. David Sykes, Director of Equine Health and Welfare for the BHA, said: “Wind operations are routine surgical procedures which are designed to assist a horse with its breathing. We have identified a l ...

France Galop makes EHV Vaccination Mandatory

France Galop has amended its Rules of Racing to make vaccination against Equine Herpes Virus mandatory for all Thoroughbreds in training and racing in France. 

The BHA will not be advocating mandatory vaccination against Equine Herpes Virus for racehorses in Great Britain, however, all British racehorses that are intended to run in France must be vaccinated in accordance with the France Galop Rules of Racing.  

This Rule has not yet been published in the France Galop Rules of Racing. The requirements of the Rule will be made effective 3 months after publication. 

The BHA Notice can be read here

European vets call on Brexit negotiators to secure animal welfare, surveillance and medicines

Brexit negotiators must not jeopardise current high levels of animal health, animal welfare, environmental protection and public health across Europe, says the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) in a ‘Brexit negotiation plea’ issued ahead of the next round of negotiations in Brussels this week.

RCVS news: RCVS appoints Lizzie Lockett as new CEO

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lizzie Lockett as its new Chief Executive Officer.

RCVS news: College releases new position statement on complementary and alternative medicines

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council yesterday (Thursday 2 November 2017) approved a new position statement on the veterinary use of complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathy.

Anthony Stirk receives outstanding veterinary achievement award

The British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Senior Veterinary Adviser Anthony Stirk received an award for outstanding veterinary achievement at the 29th Animal Health Trust (AHT) UK Equestrian Awards Dinner at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on Tuesday night.

Professions overwhelmingly support expanded role for veterinary nurses

Both veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons overwhelmingly support that veterinary nurses should be able to undertake additional areas of work that are not currently permitted under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

Horse Health Survey trends reflect current equine research

Results from the 2017 National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), conducted by Blue Cross in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), show that more than a third of horses surveyed this year had one or more health problems. While the top disease trends of lameness and skin disease remain consistent with previous years, one of the most significant findings is that the results reflect current equine veterinary research; a quarter (26%) of horses with back problems were also showing signs of lameness, which ties in with recent studies conducted at the Animal Health Trust.