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Equine viral arteritis confirmed in Devon
“A full investigation is continuing to determine the source and possible spread of the infection." (Stock photo)
Mares and stallions ‘should be tested before breeding’
 
Defra has confirmed a case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) in a non-thoroughbred stallion on a premises in Devon.

The horse had close epidemiological links with a premises in Dorset, where the disease was confirmed in three stallions in April.

Restrictions on breeding have been placed on the affected animal to reduce the risk of disease spreading.

Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said: “A full investigation is continuing to determine the source and possible spread of the infection. Owners of mares and stallions are urged to have their animals tested before they are used for breeding.

“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and follow strict biosecurity measures.”

Defra advises the following measures to prevent the spread of EVA:
  • following the Horserace Betting Levy Board Code of Practice
  • testing animals before they are used for breeding
  • considering vaccinating stallions against the disease
  • practising good biosecurity.

EVA is a notifiable disease in all stallions, and in mares that have been mated or inseminated in the previous 14 days. Any suspected cases must be reported to APHA immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301. There is no risk to public health.

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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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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."