The Animal Health Trust (AHT) infectious disease group received the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on Thursday, March 6.

The commendation recognised the AHT’s outstanding work on disease research, surveillance and management, to help protect and safeguard the future of UK horses and ponies.

It was received by Andrew Waller, head of bacteriology at the AHT, on behalf of the group.

The AHT’s infectious disease group comprises a team of scientists and vets who work with horses across the UK.

They operate the centre of excellence supplying the detail and data to help the nation’s veterinary surgeons and research analysts.

Tim Brigstocke, chairman of the NEF, said: “The National Equine Forum is proud to recognise the members of the AHT’s equine disease group as the heroes they are today.

“Equine disease poses a growing threat to all of our horses, which makes the work of the AHT group ever more important, and we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.”

Dr Waller said: “I am delighted to accept the Sir Colin Spedding Award on behalf of the AHT’s infectious disease group.

“The group has made a number of significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis, surveillance, containment and treatment of a number of equine ‘nasties’ commonly seen in the UK including equine influenza, strangles and equine herpesvirus.

“In addition, we regularly provide advice to the UK equine industry on the threats posed from exotic equine disease.”

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