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Recommendations on equine influenza announced
The OIE’s Expert Surveillance Panel meets annually to review data on the equine influenza outbreak.

OIE Expert Surveillance Panel reviews global data on outbreaks

All vaccines for the ongoing outbreak of equine influenza should contain both clade 1 and clade 2 viruses of the Florida sublineage.

That’s the latest recommendation from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), whose Expert Surveillance Panel met in April to review global data on equine influenza outbreaks.

The Panel concluded that recommendations on equine influenza vaccine remain unchanged. ProteqFlu remains the only vaccine in the UK and Ireland that is updated in line with the OIE recommendations.

The OIE’s Expert Surveillance Panel meets annually to review data on the equine influenza outbreak. Since its previous meeting on March 2018, outbreaks of equine influenza have been confirmed in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

In Europe, the disease has been widespread since late 2018 when outbreaks were first reported in France. Multiple outbreaks have also been reported in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

The data reveals that June 2019 had the highest number of confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
All sectors of the industry are affected, including leisure horses, showjumpers, racehorses, trotters and breeding stock. 

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk