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Join BEVA council and influence the direction of the association

BEVA Council nominations are now open and we would like to encourage you to consider standing if you are an Ordinary and Concessionary member.

Reiteration of Semen Certification Rules

As announced in the last BEVA eNews, Defra and the APHA have agreed to accept fresh semen imported from the EU if it is accompanied by a copy of the signed, stamped and correctly dated Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC).  This flexibility has been introduced because of the challenges faced by some regions in ensuring that original documents accompany imported fresh semen.

RCVS plans roll-out of outcomes-based CPD model

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is planning to roll out a new outcomes-based model of continuing professional development (CPD) over the next few years, following a successful piloting process.

Infectious Equine Disease - Atypical Myopathy

On 1 May 2019, the University of Liege reported 73 cases of Atypical Myopathy in Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands and UK since 1 April 2019. 

The toxin responsible for atypical myopathy is also contained in sycamore seedlings (Acer pseudoplatanus). Currently, there are large number of sycamore seedlings, therefore, it is imperative to avoid equines (horses, donkeys, zebras) ingesting them. It is important to check your grass to make sure it does not contain these seedlings. 

New Guidance on Semen Import Certification

On the back of some robust lobbying, Defra and the APHA have today agreed that they are now willing to accept electronic copies of the Intra Trade Health Certificate accompanying fresh semen imported from the EU to its destination (the original Health Certificate should be sent afterwards).  This will be welcome news for all those using imported semen.

Clarification regarding equine influenza protocols for runners from non-licensed yards

As part of its ongoing communication around the new equine influenza protocols which came in place from 1 May 2019, the BHA has today clarified the requirements for runners from non-licensed yards in Britain.

BHA proposes permanent change to flu vaccination rules

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to consult with the National Trainers Federation (NTF) and other industry stakeholders on permanent changes to racing’s rules to strengthen protection against equine influenza. 

New study confirms value of Ridden-Horse-Ethogram to identify musculoskeletal pain

Horses, as flight animals, instinctively remain silent in the face of pain, but a new study, recently published in Equine Veterinary Education, shows that they do in fact have a ‘voice’ if observers are trained to ‘listen’.

Tracey Crouch MP appointed to racing’s Horse Welfare Board

Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford and former Minister for Sport and Civil Society, has been appointed as an independent member of British racing’s Horse Welfare Board.

Updated messaging for the Veterinary sector


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