Leading equestrian organisations are appealing to all horse owners and keepers in the UK to stand up for horse health between 18 – 25 May 2015 and participate in the National Equine health Survey (NEHS). It’s a short, sharp snapshot survey of general horse health that is already helping to make an important difference to the future health and welfare of horses and ponies.
The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) is run annually by leading charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association and with the support of many of the country’s leading equestrian charities and organisations. It’s the only project of its kind enabling horse owners to give anonymous feedback about the health of their horses, ponies and donkeys so that the most common diseases and problems be identified, prioritised and addressed.
NEHS is a charitable initiative that has now been running for five years. Its value has attracted support from SPILLERS and Zoetis, which has helped it to continue to grow and deliver results. Participation increased threefold last year, with data collected from over 11,002 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the UK, showing the nation’s enthusiasm to help improve horse health.
The results are helping to steer awareness, education and research, establishing benchmarks for equine health and disease in the UK and defining priorities for future research, training and education. Equine and veterinary colleges and universities also use the data as primary source material.
Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at Blue Cross said: “We are renowned as a nation of horse lovers so sparing five minutes of your time is surely not too much to ask? Each and every one of you who completes the survey will be helping to secure a healthier future for our precious horses and ponies so please help us and sign up now.”
Visit www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS now or email NEHS@bluecross.org.uk to register.
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