FEI updates regulations for OVs

Jan 8, 2018

The FEI has announced a series of updates to its regulations for Official Veterinarians (OVs). The updates will come into effect on 1 January 2018 and include clarification regarding the use of supportive therapies at FEI events. Among the modifications is an update to veterinary treatment. The 2018 guidelines stipulate that horses can no longer be vaccinated prior to competition on the day in which they compete. ‘Horses can still be treated at events after they have competed, the guidelines state. ‘An exception to the regulation will be granted for classes starting at 1800hrs or later.’ The guidelines also provide classification regarding the use of equine therapists and supportive therapies, both of which have been categorised into Non-Restricted and Restricted Therapies. A new category of personnel known as ‘Permitted Equine Therapists’ will be permitted to carry out restricted therapies in which they are trained and must work under the supervision of a PTV. The FEI adds that an online registration system is currently under development and that its OVs will... ...

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BEVA wins prestigious welfare award

Dec 18, 2017

The BEVA Trust was presented with The British Horse Society Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare” from president Martin Clunes. The award was presented at The British Horse Society (BHS) annual awards ceremony, held at Saddlers’ Hall in London. The BEVA Trust – the association’s volunteering arm – was presented with The BHS Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare”. It was received by Julian Samuelson, BEVA Trust chairman, and Fiona Cunnington, BEVA Trust secretariat, from BHS president Martin Clunes. The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow members of the veterinary team to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare both locally and globally. Through the support of The BEVA Trust, volunteers have supported the BHS‘s health care campaign and have castrated 342 horses over the past two years. All this support has come in the form of vets, nurses, students and farriers volunteering their expertise for the day, and 729 horses have now attended the health care clinics.... ...

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The Saddle Research Trust (SRT) Confirm Date For Next Public Conference

Dec 4, 2017

Building on the resounding success of the previous two international conferences in 2012 and 2014, leading organisation The Saddle Research Trust (SRT) has confirmed the date for the next global gathering of leading researchers to discuss the complex relationship between horse, saddle and rider. The conference will held on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Nottingham University’s state-of-the-art De Vere Conference Centre, (UK) and is set to deliver an impressive line-up of influential speakers from across the globe. Entitled “Horse, rider, saddlery interactions: Welfare & performance” the packed programme will focus on the latest research, from new techniques in equine pain recognition to rider posture and equine biomechanics, offering a unique insight to progress in key areas. Eminent speakers have already confirmed their attendance including world-renowned veterinarian, author and researcher, Professor Hilary Clayton and leading equine orthopaedic expert, Dr Sue Dyson. The public conference, which is generously supported by World Horse Welfare and Wow Saddles, has a capacity for up to 550 delegates and is set to be the biggest and... ...

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Equine herpesvirus vaccine now fully available

Nov 20, 2017

Zoetis UK has announced its Equip EHV 1,4 vaccine is now fully available. Equip EHV 1,4 is licensed for the active immunisation of horses to reduce clinical signs due to infection with equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 and to reduce abortion caused by EHV-1 infection. Zoetis had previously communicated directly to vets to inform them Equip Rotavirus will be out of stock from the end of November 2017 until mid-2018. During this time an imported vaccine for rotavirus will be available to provide an interim solution until supply is restored. Practices wishing to purchase the alternative imported rotavirus vaccine will need to apply to the VMD for a Special Treatment Certificate. The company stated: “Zoetis would like to acknowledge the concern and frustration this causes our customers and reassure the equine community that we are working diligently to restore Equip Rotavirus supply as soon as possible.” Contact your Zoetis account manager or the Zoetis technical team for further information. ...

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