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BEVA Trust wins prestigious BHS Welfare Award

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is proud to have won a prestigious award for its contribution to equine welfare. The award was presented at The British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual awards ceremony, held at Saddlers’ Hall in London, on Friday (24 November).

BHA notice - changes to Rules of Racing


BEVA’s MumsVet introduces guidance resources for employers

MumsVet, the British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA) online support platform for equine veterinary professionals juggling work and parenthood, has introduced important guidance resources for employers with pregnant staff. The BEVA Checklist for Employers with Pregnant Staff and the Risk Assessment form for New and Expectant Mothers are available as downloads for all working in the veterinary profession.

Equip Artervac (Zoetis) Post-Vaccination Serological Monitoring 2017-2018

Veterinary vaccine manufacturer Zoetis has warned of supply problems with its equine viral arteritis (EVA) vaccine, Equip Artervac, which will lead to an as yet undetermined interval in supply after their currently available batch expires on 26th November 2017.  This will result in vaccinated stallions and teasers effectively ‘lapsing’ at six months after their last vaccination if Artervac is not available for the next recommended six-monthly booster dose.  In August 2017, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association advised their members to booster vaccinate or complete a primary vaccine course before 26th November 2017, any stallions/teasers that will be covering/teasing in 2018.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: New UK Chief Veterinary Officer appointed

Christine Middlemiss has been appointed as the UK's next Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

30 day foal notification to provide greater transparency and support British racing’s commitment to whole-life care for thoroughbreds

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced a major enhancement to its regulatory processes in the interests of providing greater transparency and information regarding the whereabouts of foals born to race in the sport, which will bring Great Britain in to line with international practice across many other major racing jurisdictions.

RCVS news: VNs reminded to complete registration before end of 2017

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is reminding veterinary nurses that they need to pay their annual renewal fee before the end of the year or they will be removed from the Register.

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 ...