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Volunteers help over 1,000 UK horses
Volunteers have helped 1,196 UK horses as well as hundreds worldwide. (Image ©BEVA)
BEVA Trust volunteers continue to show their passion for horse welfare

The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow BEVA members to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare, both locally and globally. They have helped to make a difference to 1,196 horses in the UK, as well as hundreds of horses around the world.

The Trust and British Horse Society have worked together for the past four years and have run 25 education and welfare castration clinics around the country. So far, 181 BEVA members – together with nurses, student and farriers – have volunteered their time and expertise.

Coordinated by the British Horse Society, and with practical support from a number of other equine welfare charities, the clinics provide dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping and passporting for horses identified to be in need, as well as castration, if required. A total of 547 horses have now been castrated.

The clinics have been generously supported by Zoetis, Bransby, Blue Cross, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA.  Also, thanks to a £50,000 grant from South Essex Insurance Brokers, the BHS recently acquired a special healthcare vehicle for use at all future clinics. 

Three further education and welfare castration clinics are planned for the autumn of 2019 – in Nottinghamshire, York and Aberdeen.

In addition to this work, BEVA members have been volunteering around the world. This year one vet spent two weeks at the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and in April two vets volunteered in Estonia. Upcoming 2019 overseas projects include Lesotho Equine Welfare Clinic in September, Kiev Equine Veterinary Seminar in October and Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in December.

BEVA members have also been busy raising funds for the Trust. This summer more than 100 vets, vet nurses and other practice team members took part in the BEVA 'Cycle Sportive' – hosted this year by Donnington Grove Equine Vets in Newbury. The event raised £882.

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk.  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."