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Bova UK confirms omeprazole ‘free from testosterone’
“Many vets and horse owners now rely on long acting injectable omeprazole for horses that do not respond to oral treatment.”

New batch tested following concerns from the racing industry

Drug company Bova UK has confirmed its long-acting injectable omeprazole has been declared free from testosterone, after low levels were found in the product last month.

Supply of the product ceased in Australia after the initial discovery by the New South Wales racing authority.

Samples tested by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) confirmed the issue extended to the UK and the racing body recently advised against using injectible omeprazole in racehorses.

Testing by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) did not detect testosterone in the newly prepared batch of Bova’s 100mg/ml injectable omeprazole formulation.

Racing New South Wales released a statement to confirm that the product can continue to be used in racehorses following the guidance of Australian Commonwealth and State legislation.

Nick Bova, the firm’s managing director, said: “Traces of testosterone in the previous batch were less than one millionth of the internationally accepted standard for impurities. Independent experts confirmed that there could be no adverse effects on equine health or equestrian sport, however, we have taken steps to identify and completely eliminate the excipient ingredient that contained traces of testosterone.

“Bova can confirm that new batches of this product will not contain the previous trace levels of testosterone and therefore Bova are confident there will be no antidoping issues, no matter what the equestrian pursuit is.”

He added: “Many vets and horse owners now rely on long acting injectable omeprazole for horses that do not respond to oral treatment.”

Following the news, the BHA issued an updated statement on the use of the product: “The BHA are aware of the most recent results from the batch analysed in Australia. Anyone treating thoroughbreds from birth to retirement from racing should consider the latest information, alongside that from analysis of previous batches, in deciding whether to use the product.”

 

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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.