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FEI updates regulations for OVs
The 2018 guidelines stipulate that horses can no longer be vaccinated prior to competition on the day in which they compete.

Updates include modification to veterinary treatment

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 receive further communication regarding this in the coming months. Due to the time needed to develop the system, the status of Permitted Equine Therapists will be regulated from 1 July 2018.

Under the new regulations, horses will not be permitted to wear bandages, blankets or rugs and must not be presented with their identity concealed. Minor changes have also be made to the minimum requirements for stabling facilities, veterinary services and equipment requirements.

The 2018 Veterinary Regulations have been approved by the FEI’s General Assembly and are available to download from the FEI website.

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”