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BEVA launches course on minimising patient stress
“Better horse handling leads to happier horses, and this means happier vets and nurses” – Gemma Pearson.
Subjects such as anthrozoology and body language are covered.

A new CPD course on minimising the stress of equine patients has been launched by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

The six-part ‘Hold Your Horses’ course will cover topics including: how to read horses’ emotions and body language, restraint during veterinary care, psychopharmaceuticals, and anthrozoology (the study of animal and human interactions).

The training is designed to be suitable for every member of the veterinary team involved in horse care. It is pre-recorded, so can be completed on demand.

The course is presented by Gemma Pearson, an RCVS specialist in veterinary behaviour medicine (equine) who is director of equine behaviour at The Horse Trust and a lecturer in equine behaviour medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Previous research by Dr Pearson, published in the journal Equine Veterinary Education, revealed that 95 per cent of equine veterinary surgeons worked with ‘difficult’ horses on at least a monthly basis. Eighty-one per cent of them had been injured in the last five years.

Dr Pearson said: “Horses have limited cognitive skills and so we should try to better understand what motivates and reinforces unwanted behaviours rather than assuming the horse is being wilfully or maliciously disobedient.

“To do this we need to appreciate how horses learn. Better horse handling leads to happier horses, and this means happier vets and nurses and owners/clients with the ultimate knock on of better safety, better job satisfaction and better retention in the profession.”

The course, free for BEVA members, is available on the association’s website.

Image © Liphook Equine Hospital

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.