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New equine wound management resources launched
Wounds are the second most common emergency in horses.
Guidelines cover wound lavage and topical treatments.

A new bank of wound management resources to support equine practitioners has been launched by the BEVA.

Among the new resources include BEVA's Primary Clinical Care Guidelines on Wound Management, published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, and the launch of BEVA's first-ever virtual CPD course: How to Heal Wounds – a Masterclass for Vets and Nurses.

Despite wounds being the second most common emergency in horses, the availability of evidence-based resources for their management and treatment are limited. The new guidance covers the key areas of wound lavage and topical treatments; wound debridement and closure and therapeutics for wound healing.

Project lead Sarah Freeman said: “These guidelines are aimed at the vast majority of our membership who are primary care practitioners. Topics covered are voted for by BEVA’s panel of specialists and represent a benchmark in time against the strength and weakness of evidence that support it.”

A standard practice in human medicine, clinical guidelines are proven to influence clinical decision making in clinical settings. The publication of the would management guidelines follow BEVA’s recently-published recommendations on the safe use of analgesia in horses.

The How to Heal Wounds course is aimed at mixed and equine practitioners and veterinary nurses who encounter wounds in horses. Led by Dr Patrick Pollock, the course will provide key concepts of wound physiology and introduce new treatment ideas and modalities designed to optimise wound healing.

Tim Mair, chair of BEVA’s Education Committee, commented: “This course is an absolute masterclass for vets and vet nurses. It contains 12 on-demand recorded lectures, together with the opportunity to attend up to three live discussions with the speakers.

“The final live discussion will provide the opportunity for the delegates to troubleshoot with our speakers after being able to go and practice the skills and knowledge learnt on the course.”

The course begins in August 2020 and is £65 for BEVA members (£130 for non-members) and will provide access to all the course resources for up to a year.

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk