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Overweight riders make life heavy going for ponies

They conjure up a world of plump girls urging their equally plump ponies over the jumps at their local gymkhana.

But it now appears that life is increasingly imitating the much-loved cartoons of Norman Thelwell.

Defra/AHT/BEVA Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report - 2Q 2016

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

A third of horses recorded with health problems are lame reveals horse survey

During this year’s National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) 38% of horses were recorded as suffering from health problems and of these a third (32.9%) were categorised as lame. Consistent with previous surveys lameness was shown to be more likely to be caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis in the limb rather than problems in the foot.

BEVA Announces New Junior Vice President

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has elected Renate Weller, Professor of Comparative Imaging and Biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, as Junior Vice President of the Association. Three new BEVA Council members have also been elected. The new appointments were announced at the BEVA’s Annual General Meeting, held at BEVA Congress earlier this month. 

Can horses communicate with us?

Horses have joined a select group of animals that can communicate by pointing at symbols.

Horses rescued from drowning in Knott End, Lancashire

Two horses have been saved from drowning in rising tides near Fleetwood, Lancashire.


The horses got stuck in mud as they were being ridden on a beach by the slipway near Quail Holme Road, Knott End at about 10:30 BST on Sunday.

BEVA Trust projects inspire vets to volunteer

BEVA Trust’s new focus on voluntary projects has inspired more than 45 BEVA members to get stuck in to some challenging healthcare and education initiatives both at home and abroad this year.

BEVA unveils online support network for working parents

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has unveiled MumsVet, a groundbreaking new online information and support network for equine veterinary professionals who are balancing work with parenthood. 

New President for BEVA

Vicki Nicholls, part of the University of Liverpool’s Veterinary Postgraduate Unit, has been appointed as President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for 2016/17. She takes over the role from Mark Bowen at the end of BEVA Congress 7-10 September 2016. Jonathan Pycock becomes President Elect.

BEVA announces new honorary member

Dr Polly Taylor MA VetMB PhD DVA DipECVAA MRCA MRCVS has been awarded honorary membership of BEVA due to her long-term commitment to equine welfare. Her nomination was approved at BEVA’s Annual General Meeting, held at BEVA Congress on 8 September 2016.