Results of the UK’s first ever National Equine Health Survey will be announced at the National Equine Forum (March 8) in the presence of NEF president HRH The Princess Royal.

Results of the UK’s first ever National Equine Health Survey will be announced at the National Equine Forum (NEF), to be held on March 8 at The Royal Society, London, in the presence of NEF president HRH The Princess Royal.

The ground-breaking National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), pioneered by The Blue Cross and supported by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), was carried out last November following two years of pilot schemes.

The National Equine Health Survey collected data from over 3,000 UK equines.The survey collected data from more than 3,000 equines to find out more about endemic non-notifiable diseases in horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, such as coughs, skin diseases and lameness.

The results will be announced at the forum by Josh Slater, professor of equine clinical studies at the Royal Veterinary College.

He said: “This survey should help us to identify trends in equine health, enabling targeted research into disease prevention, veterinary training and education and ultimately improving the long- term health and welfare of horses and ponies in the UK. We hope it will become a twice-yearly event.”

Prof Slater is just one of a prestigious panel of speakers at this year’s NEF. A full copy of the programme can be downloaded at www.bef.co.uk

Tickets are available to equestrian trade delegates and equestrian professionals at a cost of £100 per person, including lunch and refreshments. To apply please contact the Hon Secretary, Mrs Tracy Allen, at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, CV35 9BL or email teallen@warkscol.ac.uk.

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