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Equine inhaler receives marketing authorisation
"Treating severe equine asthma can be challenging for veterinarians and horse owners" - Erich Schoett.

Aservo Equihaler® will be available for EU distribution in 2020

A novel equine inhaler set to benefit horses suffering from severe equine asthma has been granted marketing approval by the European Commission.


Marking an industry-first in equine medicine, the Aservo Equihaler® is the culmination of more than a decade of collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim’s human pharma and animal health R&D groups. It is expected to be available for veterinary surgeons in the EU in 2020.


The inhaler incorporates a unique Soft Mist Technology®, found in the human Respimat® inhaler. This allows the active ingredient - ciclesonide - to be inhaled deep into the lung, thereby reducing the risk of lower airway inflammation.

Designed specifically for horses, the inhaler also features an ergonomic handle, dosing lever for ease of handling and a nostril adaptor that fits inside the nostril of the horse to allow for easy inhalation.

Erich Schoett, global business head of equine for the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Business Unit, said: “Treating severe equine asthma can be challenging for veterinarians and horse owners, who struggle to find safe and effective ways to help horses breathe.


“Bringing a new, safe and effective treatment to the market is something that we can really be proud of. It is a strong indicator of the commitment that Boehringer Ingelheim has to the health and welfare of horses, and to the investment that we make into continuing to advance therapies through collaboration and innovation.”

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk