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125 BEVA Trust veterinary volunteers help more than 1000 UK horses

Eager BEVA Trust veterinary volunteers have shown their passion for horse welfare by helping make a difference to the lives of more than 1000 horses in the UK. 125 volunteers have participated in a total of 21 national equine healthcare and education clinics to date. This is in addition to those BEVA members who have volunteered their services for overseas work with the BEVA Trust.

Online sales of horses need closer scrutiny says Blue Cross

A preliminary investigation into the online sale of horses has led national pet charity Blue Cross to call for closer scrutiny of horse sales across the board. In the first instance the charity has issued initial recommendations on how the equine industry can take steps to help reduce potential welfare risks involved with sales.

Attend Renate Weller’s lecture at the 18th Irish Equine Veterinary Conference

The 18th Irish Equine Veterinary Conference is running from 8 to the 10 November 2018 at Celbridge Manor Hotel, Co. Kildare and BEVA members can attend for the same price as Veterinary Ireland members. 

BERNHARD HUSKAMP of Gescher, Hochmoor, Germany

Equine abdominal surgery took a dramatic leap forward in the 1970s. At the forefront of that process in Europe was a German equine surgeon, Bernard Huskamp, who died on July 17th 2018, aged 87. He was the son of a veterinary surgeon who in the 1960s had built up a mixed practice in the small town of Gescher, near Münster, specialising in poultry diseases. Bernard took over the practice from his father in 1960, but was increasingly drawn to equine surgery after reading about the success of similar practices in the USA.

Give someone a leg-up

At BEVA we’re getting ready to launch our brand-new career coaching initiative, Leg-Up, and are calling for equine vets to get on board to become coaches for 2019 as part of our pilot.

Don’t let them suffer in silence: BEVA launches online dental resources to support vets and guide owners

Dentistry is one of the most common tasks performed by equine vets, and they are more knowledgeable and better equipped for it than ever before. To help support its members with the provision of good primary equine dental care BEVA has introduced some new online dental resources, with specific sections for vets and for horse owners.

Horse industry applauds success of NEHS Survey which saw Blue Cross join up with other charities and sector leads for equine health

In its eighth and final year the annual National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) has confirmed its importance as an accurate tracker of endemic equine disease in the UK. The results of the 2018 survey remain consistent with previous survey results, providing a clear sense of what continues to affect the health of British horses year on year, helping equine specialists to benchmark and educate on current and predicted equine health priorities.

Scientific research into equine vision leads to trial of new fence and hurdle design to further improve safety in jump racing

• Research by University of Exeter shows that horses see better and may jump differently over white and yellow obstacles compared to the orange currently used on hurdles and fences

Dr William Brian Singleton CBE, Dip ACVS, FRCVS

Dr. Brian Singleton died quietly at his home in Blakeney, Norfolk, on 23rd October 2018, at the ripe old age of 95. Brian was one of the most distinguished veterinary surgeons of his or any generation and had the unique distinction of being a Past President and one of the founding members of the BSAVA, a Past President of the RCVS and perhaps surprisingly, also of BEVA. I am certain that this will never be achieved again.

New EVJ collection highlights diagnostic imaging breakthroughs in equine fracture management

Fractures are a common occurrence in horses of all ages and breeds but the development of various imaging modalities over the past ten years is helping significantly to advance management techniques. The Equine Veterinary Journal’s (EVJ) new online collection, with an introduction from imaging expert Renate Weller, new President of the British Equine Veterinary Association, showcases the diagnostic imaging breakthroughs that are helping to identify causes, support prevention and improve fracture outcomes.

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