TOCES ‘new teaching facilities enhance equine veterinary nurse training

The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) has strengthened the training experience for its student vet nurses with the completion of its purpose-built equine educational facilities near Newmarket, Suffolk. The new facilities – partially funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – include a spacious lecture room, library, clinical skills teaching area and … Read more

Study to shed light on respiratory immunity

Researchers will investigate why racehorses are susceptible to respiratory illnesses during intense training. The findings could inform ways to help alleviate inflammation in the airways, which commonly affect animals, impacting on their performance. Immune cells A team from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute will use a combination of analysis … Read more

First licensed treatment to improve healing of tendon injuries and suspensory ligaments in horses – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

Boehringer Ingelheim has received UK marketing authorization for RenuTend – the first licensed treatment to improve healing of tendon injuries and suspensory ligaments in horses. Renutend contains primed mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which Boehringer says are specifically targeted to reduce scar tissue formation so horses can return to the intended level of performance, with a … Read more

Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses | Environment

Iceland is under pressure to ban the production of a hormone extracted from pregnant horses, a practice that has been described as “cruel” and “animal abuse”. The hormone is used by farmers across the UK and Europe to increase reproduction in pigs, cows and other female farm animals. Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) is extracted … Read more

Webinar to explore prevention of equine gastric ulcers

Registration has opened for a live webinar that will discuss the prevention of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Presented by Norbrook, “Preventing equine gastric ulcer syndrome” will see Ben Sykes consider appropriate management changes or medical treatment for this issue. The webinar will take place on Monday 16 May from 8pm. Internationally recognized Prof Sykes – … Read more

Allergies affecting horses – how RVNs can support such cases

Allergies are commonly seen in equine patients. This article will look at two of the main respiratory and skin allergies that affect horses, and investigate how the RVN can assist the vet with the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Equine asthma Equine asthma (EA) is one of the most common respiratory diseases of modern-day … Read more

Vet groups unite for project to tackle AMR

Some of the largest vet groups in the UK have joined forces with BEVA on a new project to share information on worming in a bid to tackle anthelmintic resistance. In an attempt to find a solution to the growing problem of resistance to equine worming products, VetPartners, CVS Group and IVC Evidensia are collaborating … Read more

Summer allergies: readying owners and yards for prevention

Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is a chronic, recurrent seasonal (spring, summer and autumn) dermatitis that is known to affect 5% to 50% of horses dependent on their location, breed and genetics (Schaffartzik et al, 2012). The prevalence of the disease is based on the geographical and local distribution of midges and, therefore, can be well … Read more

Chip technology boost for equine temperature scanning

A technology allowing for no-contact temperature scanning to help in the screening for infectious diseases in horses is now available in the UK. The Merck Bio-Thermo microchips have been designed to make daily temperature checking easier for yards and owners, taking each horse’s temperature in seconds and allowing for it to be done several times … Read more