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New case of equine viral arteritis
“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and how essential it is to following strict biosecurity measures.”

Outbreak thought to be ‘unrelated’ to Devon and Dorset cases

A new case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in a non-thoroughbred stallion at a premises in Shropshire, the APHA has revealed.

Investigations into the source and spread of the disease are ongoing, but the case is currently thought to be unrelated to the outbreaks in Devon and Dorset earlier this year.

Breeding and movement restrictions have been placed on the animal and will remain in force until the risk has been mitigated. The owner of the horse has said they intend to have the stallion castrated, which will prevent further disease spread.

Deputy chief veterinary officer Graeme Cooke said: “We are taking action to limit the risk of the disease spreading by placing breeding and movement restrictions on the animal. A full investigation is continuing to consider the source and possible spread of the infection. Owners of mares and stallions are always urged as a routine to have their horses tested before they are used for breeding.

“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and how essential it is to following strict biosecurity measures.”

In April this year, Defra confirmed the first outbreak of EVA in Britain since 2012, in three non-thoroughbred stallions at a premises in Dorset. The following month, a second outbreak was confirmed in a stallion in Devon, which had close epidemiological links to the premises in Dorset.

EVA is a notifiable disease in all stallions, and in mares that have been mated or inseminated in the past 14 days. Suspected cases must be reported to APHA immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.