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New FEI Rules from April 5th, 2010

Any vets officiating at, or treating horses competing at, FEI events are advised that several significant new rules and regulations come into effect from 5th April, 2010. The FEI’s recently launched “Clean Sport Campaign” is a multi-level effort to improve and standardise equestrian sport by providing access to a comprehensive source of information on, not only the new FEI anti-doping and controlled medication regulations, and a new, individually-named, list-based approach to prohibited substances, but also information with a greater emphasis on how to use common substances with established detection times, explaining testing procedures, and introducing changes in other areas of the FEI veterinary regulations, such as greater supervision of treatments at FEI events. The FEI is aiming to improve the consistency of decision making by FEI veterinary officials by ensuring that by 2012 all veterinarians present at an FEI event must have attended an FEI veterinarian course within the last 5 years. This is part of ...

Defra notification of CEM in a stallion

Defra has confirmed a case of Contagious Equine Metritis in a 5 year old Arabian stallion stabled in Devon.

The affected horse was/is individually stabled, and has access to private fields. It was being routinely tested for CEMO prior to the mating season, and found to be positive. A previous test on 21/01/2010 was negative.

The horse originated from another Member State of the European Union and investigations are ongoing. The horse is under restriction and being treated in line with the HBLB Code of Practice.

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BEVA Trust Silent Auction - Lot winners will be informed on Monday 1st March

The BEVA Trust Silent Auction is Underway

The BEVA Trust Silent Auction is Underway

CVO interviewed on Radio 4 concern over EIA found in the UK

Charlotte Smith:  First though, a serious horse disease has been found in two horses in Wiltshire.  There hasn’t been a case of equine infectious anaemia, or EIA, in the UK for more than thirty years. The two horses had been imported from Romania where the disease is endemic.  They’ve now been destroyed. Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Vet. Nigel Gibbens (Chief Vet):  It’s very serious, it’s a viral disease which there is no vaccine and no effective treatment.  It can affect horses in an acute form which causes recurring fever, anaemia, possibly swelling of the lower limbs, weight loss and death, or it can be more chronic and that can range from not showing signs to being unfit and being chronically unfit and it is very hard to diagnose unless the test is taken (break in transmission) so they always present a threat of further spread.  And it’s spread essentially by biting flies, but also potentially by other things used on animals such as needles or surgical equipment or so on, that could transmit disease fr ...

Equine Infectious Anaemia

Equine Infectious Anaemia

President 2010 speech

I would like to start my year as President by thanking the out-going President, Chris House, for his immense amount of hard work and for the dedication with which he has guided BEVA during “his” year. BEVA owes a huge debt of gratitude to Chris, not only for his work this year but for all of his work on BEVA Council for the best part of a decade now. During Chris’ year as President, BEVA worked frequently on welfare matters –an area of particular interest to Chris and something which is a core part of our mission statement. BEVA will continue to champion high standards of equine health and welfare in 2010, at a national level and also in collaboration with our sister equine veterinary organisations at an international level. Plans are underway to hold a pre-Congress welfare meeting in association with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in Birmingham in 2010. We are also developing plans for a BEVA- led meeting of international veterinary surgeons to address the problems surrounding the ...

BEVA Trust Research Fellowship in Equine Science

The BEVA Trust, the charitable arm of the British Equine Veterinary Association, is delighted to announce that it will be funding not only its largest project to date, but one that also has the potential to make a significant impact across the fields of education, veterinary science,  and equine welfare. The Trust will be funding a prestigious three-year Research Fellowship in Equine Science at the Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine. Selwyn College is delighted to collaborate with the Veterinary School in offering a promising researcher the opportunity to come to Cambridge University, and to improve the welfare of equids across the world. Selwyn College was founded in 1882, and has almost 400 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 60 Fellows. It has a long commitment to the training of veterinary students, provides a lively environment for its veterinary students throughout their pre-clinical and clinical studies, and also has a strong research cu ...

BEVA Congress 2009 - Video Footage now available

Video Footage