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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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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."