Annual event is going international for the first time.
The Strangles Working Group has announced the return of Strangles Awareness Week for 2021 (3-19 May).
Now in its second year, Strangles Awareness Week will see yard managers, horse owners, vets and equine professionals share their stories and promote support for those affected by the infectious disease.
This year the campaign will be linking up with international equine and veterinary organisations to help spread the message, including Sweden’s National Veterinary Institute, the Royal GD and MSD Animal Health in the Netherlands, and the University of Melbourne, Australia. They will join more than 80 vet practices, equine business and equestrians that have signed up to become Ambassadors.
The Strangles Working Group was formed in 2019 between some of the UK’s leading equine welfare charities, veterinary colleges and organisations, including Redwings, the British Horse Society and The (Dick) Royal School of Veterinary Studies.
Andie McPherson, Redwings’ campaigns manager, said: “We’re delighted to have so many international organisations getting involved in this year’s Strangles Awareness Week. This is particularly positive coming hot on the heels of research revealing just how easily the Strangles pathogen can travel across the globe.
“We hope the growing diversity of organisations and individuals participating truly highlights how Strangles can affect anyone and the importance of working together, as well as encouraging even more people to come forward with their experiences. The more we collectively speak out about Strangles, the quicker we will see fewer horses, owners and businesses facing the misery of dealing with outbreaks.”
This year's event promises a podcast series hosted by figures from across the equestrian community, each sharing their unique perspectives and lived experiences of the disease. The podcasts will also cover good biosecurity and the importance of positive discussions about the prevention and management of strangles.
Veterinary practices can share their strangles stories on social media using the hashtag #SAW2021. Practices may also apply for free resources, including an editable presentation to host client evenings either virtually or in-person, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.
To find out how to get involved or to become an Ambassador, email firstname.lastname@example.org