Stem cell medicine for equine lameness gets EMA approval

Jul 9, 2018

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use has recommended a marketing authorisation for stem cell-based medicine Arti-Cell Forte. Vets could soon be in possession of a new weapon against equine lameness after the first allogenic stem cell-based medicine was given the green light by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) recommended a marketing authorisation for the first veterinary stem cell-based medicine in the EU on 21 June. Its opinion will be sent to the European Commission for a decision on an EU-wide marketing authorisation. These types of medicines have the potential to provide new treatment strategies, the CVMP said. The product in question is Arti-Cell Forte, a veterinary medicine indicated for the reduction of mild to moderate lameness linked to joint inflammation in horses. Available as a suspension for injection and given as a single injection into the affected joint, it contains a type of stem cell obtained from equine blood. The stem cells in the medicine... ...

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AHT begins equine herpes virus vaccine research

Apr 20, 2018

Charity to design a modified live virus vaccine  The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has begun research into developing a new vaccine to protect against equine herpes virus (EHV-1). Overseen by Dr Neil Bryant, the research comes after the AHT became aware of a pressing need for progress towards a new and improved EHV-1 vaccine. In March, the Newmarket-based charity was called upon to work with the racing industry and affected parties in dealing with confirmed cases of EHV-1 abortion in Yorkshire and Suffolk. This need led to the development of an Equine Industries EHV Vaccine Steering Group, comprising of world-renowned experts on both human and equine herpes virus. Chaired by Professor Joe Brownlie of the RVC, the steering group has looked at the existing scientific evidence and agreed the most appropriate way forward is for the AHT to design a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine. “We’re at the beginning of a very exciting and potentially ground-breaking vaccine development,” said Dr Bryant. “Through our research, we will construct different viruses with... ...

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Equine forum sparks discussion across the globe

Mar 19, 2018

Event live-streamed to hundreds via social media New passport regulations, the Central Equine Database and livestock traceability were just some of the subjects under discussion at the 2018 National Equine Forum. The event took place in London on the 8 March and saw vets, politicians and business leaders share knowledge and encourage debate both in the auditorium and across the globe. Animal welfare minister Lord Gardener kickstarted proceedings by providing an update of Defra’s current horse-related policies. He said that new passport regulations would be implemented as soon as practical and the aim was to extend microchipping to horses of all ages. Equine Register chief executive Stewart Everett brought delegates up to speed on the Central Equine Database. He said that the database is now live and contains 1.2 million records, but stressed that “the system will only work if we have every equine on it”. John Bourne from the Animal and Plant Health Agency spoke about livestock traceability and how it relates to the UK’s horses. He summarised that... ...

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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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