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Saliva test shown to reduce anthelmintic use in horses
The EquiSal Tapeworm saliva test accurately diagnoses horses with a tapeworm infection.
Test reduced use of anti-tapeworm treatments by 86 per cent

A targeted treatment strategy using a tapeworm saliva test has been shown to control tapeworm burdens and significantly reduce the use of anti-tapeworm anthelmintics.

The Equine Veterinary Journal study reports findings from 237 horses at UK welfare charity, Bransby Horses, where EquiSal Tapeworm saliva testing was used to inform anthelmintic administration over a year.

This diagnostic approach led to the reduced use of anti-tapeworm treatments by 86 per cent compared to six monthly interval treatment strategies.

The EquiSal Tapeworm saliva test accurately diagnoses horses with a tapeworm infection, providing a low, borderline or moderate/high diagnosis. Treatment is recommended for horses with a borderline or moderate/high result.

In this latest study, most horses diagnosed below the treatment threshold in the first saliva test remained below the threshold in the following two tests. 168 horses (71 per cent) required no anti-tapeworm treatment at all.

No increase in tapeworm infection prevalence was observed during the study period and only seven horses received treatment following all three saliva tests. 

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.