Sunday, June 2, 2013


The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) publishes annually the Codes of Practice setting out best practice to help breeders, in conjunction with their veterinary surgeons, to prevent and control specific diseases in all breeds of horse and pony.


Contagious equine metritis (CEM) poses a risk to all breeding horses and ponies, whether by natural covering or AI.  The Code recommends that before any breeding activity starts, swabs should be taken from the stallion to establish that he is free from infection.  Stallions include those used for semen collection, teasing and covering.  Swabs should be tested by culture and/or PCR by a HBLB-approved laboratory.

To encourage wider use of screening for CEMO the HBLB is funding free laboratory testing for non-Thoroughbred stallions that have not been previously tested. Funding is limited and is offered on a first come basis.  The offer is valid only for testing at participating HBLB approved laboratories listed on the voucher.


Vouchers may only be redeemed for stallions that have not previously been tested for CEM, and this must be certified by both the stud/owner and veterinary surgeon. For full details of how to apply for a free laboratory test, download the CEMO test voucher.


For further information please contact Stephanie McIntosh, Veterinary Science & Education Manager at HBLB at




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