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BHA APPOINTS DAVID SYKES TO NEW DIRECTOR OF EQUINE HEALTH AND WELFARE ROLE

David Sykes joins from UAE where he was Head Veterinary Officer for both the Emirates Racing Authority and the UAE Equine Quarantine Department.

Proposed half a billion pound investment in British Racing

The Jockey Club today outlined its intention to contribute more than £500 million to British Racing over the next decade through a national programme of investments designed to benefit the sport, its participants and racegoers.

Nomination period still open for 2017 RCVS and VN Councils elections

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is reminding the profession that the deadline is approaching for nominations from veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who wish to stand as candidates in next year’s RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses Council elections respectively.

Amendments to the Rules of Racing – Neurectomy

The Rules of Racing currently states that “The horse must not have been subject to a neurectomy” and that “a Neurectomy means the surgical removal of a nerve or part of a nerve”. 

Glasgow fundraising veterinary professor recognised by PM

Prime Minister Theresa May has today honoured a senior veterinary professor from Glasgow for leading a group of motorcycling vets fundraising for animal charities across the world.

Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes Codes of Practice for 2017

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has published the 39th edition of the Codes of Practice on equine disease, in preparation for the 2017 equine breeding season. 

BEVA introduces Antibiotic Champion Award

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is encouraging members to continue to reduce their use of critically important antibiotics by inviting them to attain the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award.

LAMENESS EXPERT SUE DYSON REWARDED FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS AND A LEGACY OF RESEARCH

Dr Sue Dyson, expert in equine orthopaedics, has returned from the University of Kentucky having been inducted to their UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. As Head of Department at leading veterinary research charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), where she has dedicated almost 35 years to treating hundreds of patients each year, she is honoured for her service and contribution to equine research. Sue collected her award surrounded by her peers, colleagues and previous inductees, who have nominated her for this accolade. 

Herpes Breakout on Herts/Beds Border


Four horses have now been put down in an outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV). 2 more have shown signs of the disease, and are "undergoing supportive care" in a vet hospital's isolation unit, while another 2 have shown respiratory signs but appear to be recovering. Vets believe the disease is currently contained within one livery yard, on the border of north Hertfordshire and south Bedfordshire.

Defra introduces new deputy chief veterinary officer

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has welcomed its new deputy chief veterinary officer (DVCO) for the UK.