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Strangles Awareness Week 2022 seeks veterinary ambassadors
"We know from our own research that vets are the most trusted source of information when it comes to strangles for horse owners" - Andie McPherson, Redwings.
Event aims to raise awareness of this common infectious disease amongst horse owners.

The Strangles Working Group, consisting of some of the UK’s leading welfare charities, veterinary colleges and organisations, has launched an appeal for ambassadors for its 2022 Strangles Awareness Week.

Soon to be entering its third year, Strangles Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of this common infectious disease amongst horse owners. The 2021 event, which took place 3-9 May, was supported by more than 180 ambassadors, 63 of which were veterinary practices and members of the veterinary press.

Following the success of the 2021 campaign, organisers are now seeking veterinary ambassadors for 2022, which will take place from 2-8 May. Ambassadors will join a mailing list to receive exclusive Strangles Awareness Week content for their social media channels and guidance on sharing their own experiences of the disease. 

“We know from our own research that vets are the most trusted source of information when it comes to strangles for horse owners, so we’ve been delighted to see the number of practices supporting the Week growing year on year,” commented Andie McPherson, Redwings’ campaigns manager.

“One in three Ambassadors from this year’s campaign also commented that they had never or rarely posted about strangles on their social media pages prior to the Week, so it gave them a platform to proactively raise the topic with their followers and clients and start constructive conversations around the disease’s prevention and management.”

Established in 2020, Strangles Awareness Week is the collaborative effort of The British Horse Society, Intervacc, Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College’s Premium Assured Strangles Scheme (PASS), Surveillance of Equine Strangles (SES) and World Horse Welfare.

For the first time, the 2021 event was supported by a host of international equine and veterinary organisations, including Sweden’s National Veterinary Institute, MSD Animal Health in the Netherlands and the University of Melbourne. The event reached some 310,000 online, while millions more received the Week’s messages via global veterinary and equine publications. 

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, organisers hope that next year’s event will provide an opportunity for vet practices to host client evenings or talks at local livery yards.

Those interested in signing up to be an Ambassador for Strangles Awareness Week 2022 should email campaigns@redwings.co.uk

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.