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Vets sought for equine grass sickness project
Vet practices are being urged to assist the project with any EGS cases they have,

Fellowship aims to establish a national database and sample biobank.

Vets are being invited to assist with an innovative project to discover the causes of equine grass sickness (EGS).

The project is being led by The Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund to create a national EGS sample biobank and database.
It follows the launch of a three-year Fellowship to breathe fresh thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches into EGS research. 

As part of the project, researchers are calling on veterinary practices to assist them with sample collection (pre-and post-mortem) of any EGS cases they have.

With funding from the British Horse Society, sample packs, protocols and return postage boxes will be provided to all participating vets practices. Funding is also available for vets to apply for a set fee to cover their time. 

Participating practices will be able to get involved with the project through practice or regional meetings and will be kept updated with progress as the fellowship progresses. 
Those wishing to take part can register for a webinar scheduled for Tuesday 23 March at 7.30 pm.

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

For more information, please click here.