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From the monthly archives: January 2019

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'January 2019'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Experts to enlighten on fitness and behaviour National Equine Forum

The latest knowledge and know how on horse and rider fitness and equine stereotypical behaviours will be shared by scientific, veterinary and educational experts at the forthcoming National Equine Forum, to be held in London on 7th March 2019. 


Following the Equine Influenza Alert on 18 January 2019, the BHA has discussed the recent outbreaks in Europe with the Animal Health Trust, and veterinary advisors from stakeholder groups including the National Trainers Federation and the Racehorse Owners Association. 

RCVS Council opens the path for paraprofessionals to become regulated by the College

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council has approved a pathway for veterinary and animal health paraprofessionals to become associates of or accredited by the College and therefore fall within the RCVS regulatory remit.

Introduction of hind shoes rule for Jump racing delayed to consider further evidence

Following the receipt of further submissions from the National Trainers Federation (NTF) and individual trainers, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has taken the decision to delay the implementation of an approved rule which requires all Jump horses to race fully shod, which was due to be introduced from 1 February.

Government to further reduce use of antibiotics in food producing animals

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced a new plan to tackle the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Update from Richard Newton at the AHT on the current Equine Influenza (EI) situation in Europe

Through the support of British horseracing, via the HBLB, the AHT operates a dedicated surveillance system for EI with several hundred UK vet practices signed into the scheme and thereby eligible to receive free laboratory EI testing for cases that vets suspect might be EI. This is complemented by the RespCheck scheme, available for MSD clients, which covers laboratory testing fees for a range of respiratory pathogens including EI virus. 

Vets urge owners to help horses lose weight NOW to prevent serious health risks

With some studies suggesting that more than half of certain horse populations in the UK are overweight or obese, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is urging owners to act now to prevent their horses suffering weight-related health and welfare risks come the Spring.

BEVA Trust volunteers support the Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust

We sent two more volunteers to the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in December 2018 to provide additional veterinary support and education.

The latest in upper airway diagnostics and surgery

Tim Barnett, RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Surgery, talks to us about the latest developments in upper airway diagnostics ahead of the upper airways discussion forum from Rossdales Diamond Series.

Zoetis Update on IsoFlo® (ISOFLURANE) SUPPLY

Following the update from Zoetis to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of an issue with supply of IsoFlo (Isoflurane), the volatile anaesthetic, restocking of the UK supply chain is scheduled to commence from February. 
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