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Report shows significant fall in fly grazing
The Act gives Local Authorities the power to seize, impound and euthanise horses which are in public places without lawful authority.
Equiventus reviews Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014

There has been a ‘significant reduction’ in the number of horses being fly-grazed in Wales, according to a report published by Equiventus Ltd.

The report, commissioned by the Welsh Government, comes three years after the introduction of the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014. It found that the reduction in fly-grazing is, amongst other things, the result of increased education and a rise in public awareness.

‘In the three years since the introduction of the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 there is clear evidence to show a reduction in the number of horses reported and ultimately removed, due to fly grazing straying or abandonment,’ the report notes.

‘The evidence available demonstrates the reduction in this behaviour is attributed to a number of key factors: these include the swift introduction of the Act, an increase in education programmes for horse owners, the rise in public awareness of the potential problem and improved collaborative working across all stakeholders to address concerns’.

The Act was introduced by the Welsh government response to calls for action by Local Authorities, equine charities and the Police to tackle the problem of fly grazing, straying and abandonment of horses across Wales. Under the act, local authorities are given the power to seize, impound and euthanise horses which are in public places without lawful authority.

Speaking to Farmers Weekly, rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths said that the Act had been important in reducing fly grazing. But she added: “While the report is very good news, we should not let our guard down.

“I am determined to continue to do what’s needed to combat the blight on communities caused by the fly-grazing, straying and abandonment of horses and ponies.”

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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).