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Vets are ‘key influencers’ in horse vaccination decisions
Just 40 per cent of surveyed horse owners vaccinated against EHV.

Survey finds more than half of owners unaware of EHV vaccine

A new survey suggests educating horse owners could significantly impact their likelihood of vaccinating against equine herpes virus (EHV).

Research carried out by Zoetis in March found that while 87 per cent of horse owners vaccinated against equine influenza and tetanus, just 40 per cent vaccinated against EHV.

More than half (55 per cent) were unaware that an EHV vaccine is available. But 77 per cent of those who did not vaccinate said they would in future, having learnt more about it.

Veterinary advice and endorsements from rider associations were consistently found to be significant influencers when it comes to decisions about vaccinating.

A separate survey aimed at vets found 93 per cent agree that EHV vaccination is effective for its licensed indications, while 83 per cent said EHV may impact performance in competition horses.

Almost all vets and horse owners who took part in the survey said they would like more information on EHV to be made readily available. In response, a group of equine vets have produced a roundtable document, while Zoetis has put together a series of educational videos for owners and a CPD video for vets.

Emmeline Hannelly, welfare education manager at the British Horse Society, said: “The awareness and interest in equine contagious diseases has increased in the equine community following the equine influenza outbreak.

"As reflected in the survey results, it’s encouraging that a high proportion of horse owners want to find out further information and understand the potential risk of EHV to their horses.”

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Cats Protection launches Christmas animation

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 Leading feline charity Cats Protection has launched a heartwarming Christmas animation to raise awareness of the important work it does. The animation is based on a true story of a kitten that went missing earlier this year. Freezing cold and hungry, the kitten was dumped in a box on a roadside and somehow became separated from her brother and sisters.

Thankfully there is a happy end to this tail, and Libby - now named Misty - was eventually reunited with her littermates. Misty’s owner, Amy Smith, said: “Misty has settled amazingly well into our home, she has found a best friend in my daughter Lily and likes to follow her around the house. She also loves to chase bugs in the garden. We feel very lucky to have her.” 

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.