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AHT launches novel strangles resource
The new resource contains up-to-date information on strangles across the UK.

Website provides the latest updates on this common disease

A new website that allows vets, horse owners and paraprofessionals to share information about strangles has been launched by the Animal Health Trust (AHT).


Developed by the AHT’s Surveillance of Equine Strangles scheme, the resource contains up-to-date information on diagnoses of the disease across the UK.

Researchers hope the website will become key for people owning and working with horses, as well as those travelling to areas which have seen higher rates of diagnoses of strangles.

“This new website provides comprehensive insights about the disease in a very up-to-date manner in a way that has never been available before,’ commented Dr Richard Newton, director of Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust.


“However, the resource is only as useful as the data supplied from vets on the ground. I would urge colleagues to help us to keep this resource as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible by completing full details on submission forms being sent to any laboratory, so this information can contribute – anonymously – to the national picture of strangles.”

The website contains an interactive map, highlighting regions where strangles cases have been confirmed, together with demographics of hoses being confirmed with infection.

Users can zone in on the information that is relevant to them, as well as view stats based on the geography of veterinary practices making diagnoses. They can also use the tool to highlight seasonal trends and view the most important clinical signs.

The AHT aims to expand the website to include international data on strangles, which could subsequently lead to new strategies on how to improve the disease in other parts of the world.

“Our aim with the Surveillance of Equine Strangles scheme is to reduce the spread of the disease,” explained Abbi McGlennon, PhD student at the Animal Health Trust, who led the development of the resource.

“This website is one of the first key tools to emerge from the larger surveillance project. It joins the dots across the equine industry by collating information from laboratory-confirmed strangles diagnoses and communicating this back in almost real-time.

“I’m excited about the prospect of extending this internationally, and the difference that could make for horses globally,” she said. 

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.