Animal Health Trust Announce Feedmark as New Corporate Supporter

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has announced that Feedmark has chosen the Suffolk-based veterinary and scientific research charity as its chosen charity for the next three years. Feedmark will support the work of the AHT through various activities including charitable donations and taking the lead sponsorship at the AHT UK Equestrian Awards. The equestrian awards is an annual fundraising event which celebrates equestrian excellence and marks the achievements of riders, owners, trainers and horses from all areas of equestrian life. Since starting in the late 1980s the event has grown…

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Equine Influenza Update: Numbers Continue to Rise

Equine Influenza update Horses grazing (MSD owned)

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) today confirmed that the number of laboratory-confirmed outbreaks of Equine Influenza (EI) in Great Britain has now exceeded more than 200; this is compared to just two outbreaks reported in 2018. Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, at the Animal Health Trust, said Alarmingly, the number of Equine Influenza outbreaks continues to rise and is likely to continue week-on-week for the foreseeable future.  The effect of increased horse movement and mixing of horses at events in the summer is a contributing factor”.…

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Dr Sue Dyson Announces Retirement after 37 Years

Recognizing Subtle Lameness. Image Dr Sue Dyson. Stifle flexion

The Animal Health Trust (AHD) has announced that Head of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Centre for Equine Studies, Dr Sue Dyson, will leave her post at the end of May 2019. The news of Dr Dyson stepping down from full-time duties follows 37 years of employment with the trust. Since 1982, Dr Dyson has been at the forefront of clinical investigation at the Animal Health Trust. She has headed research in the diagnosis and management of lameness and poor performance in the horse. Her work has been outstanding, providing an…

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Important Equine Influenza Update from the AHT

Equine Influenza update 2019

Equine Influenza remains a significant threat to the welfare of the UK horse population warns the Animal Health Trust (AHT).  The AHT has advised horse owners to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to minimise the threat of equine influenza (EI); as outbreaks of the disease continue to occur nationwide. The AHT is continuing to confirm outbreaks of the disease, with last week seeing the second highest number of confirmed outbreaks in one week since the start of 2019. The 5 basic protocols are: Vaccinate: Boost your horse’s vaccination…

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The Surveillance of Equine Strangles Project Closer to Breaking Strangles Hold

The Surveillance of Equine Strangles Project Closer to Breaking Strangles Hold A new surveillance scheme has been launched to further understand the prevalence of Strangles within the UK’s horse population, aptly titled The Surveillance of Equine Strangles project. The scheme, funded by the Animal Horse Trust, (AHT), in collaboration with the Universities of Liverpool and Melbourne will provide vital information to help vets and horse owners understand where outbreaks occur, how Strangles is spread and ultimately reduce the impact of this highly contagious disease. About Strangles Strangles is an upper…

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Tendon Injuries: Could Horses be Given a Greater Chance of Recovery

Tendon Injuries

Tendon Injuries: Could Horses be Given a Greater Chance of Recovery Research recently undertaken by scientists at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket has found that the use of embryonic stem cells may give horses with tendon injuries a greater chance of a successful return to active work. Tendon injuries are a common problem in horses and instead of regenerating healthy tendon tissue, they repair by forming scar tissue which pre-disposes the horse to a high risk of re-injury. Often damage is done before there’s the chance to act,…

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BEF Report Further Equine Influenza (Flu) Cases

the occurrence of abnormal behaviour, notably crib-biting, box-walking, weaving and head nodding, was also higher in these horses.

BEF Report Further Equine Influenza Cases The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have announced further identification of Equine Influenza cases, in the UK. Today (13 February), the BEF reported an update from the Animal Health Trust (AHT) that identifed three further positive tests for equine influenza. The cases are located in Kent, Derbyshire and central Scotland. The AHT noted that the three positive tests were from horses who were recently imported from Ireland, or had been in contact with horse’s who had been recently imported. With additional cases being reported across…

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New Study Shows Laminitis is as Common as Colic and a Year Round Threat

ESSENTIAL READING: New Study Reveals Latest Statistics on Laminitis *Helpful infographic below One in 10 horses or ponies may develop at least one laminitis episode each year, making it just as common as colic, according to a new study led by Dr Danica Pollard, a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College. The research was conducted by the Animal Health Trust in collaboration with Rossdales Equine Hospital, and funded by World Horse Welfare. Laminitis is a debilitating disease that affects the structure and healthy function of equine feet. It is…

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Winners of the AHT UK Equestrian Awards Announced Following Anniversary Event

Harry Charles riding Victor. Image copyright Everything Horse

Winners of the AHT UK Equestrian Awards Announced Following Anniversary Event The winners of the 2018 Animal Health Trust (AHT) UK Equestrian Awards were announced yesterday evening during a star studded event held at The Dorchester, Park Lane in London. The AHT’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, welcomed professional riders, trainers, leading equine vets and charity supporters to this year’s 30th UK Equestrian Awards anniversary event. The event was the perfect forum, in this year of the World Equestrian Games, to celebrate the Trust’s vital research into equine infectious diseases…

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Vets applaud new method for equine performance assessment

A new method for equine performance assessment has been tested on vets

Vets applaud new method for equine performance assessment A new method for equine performance assessment has been tested on vets. Conducted by Dr Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, the study assessed how accurately vets may be able to use an ethogram, developed by Dr. Dyson, to assess pain in ridden horses. The participating vets collectively commended the value of the ethogram, which defines 24 ridden behaviours that may reflect pain and lameness. The study was conducted…

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New Video Series Championed by WHW Vet Dr Sue Dyson

A horse displaying behavioural adaptations to lameness

Animal Health Trust Vet champions ridden horse welfare with new video series Watch them here, for free, below. One of the UK’s most eminent equine orthopaedic specialists, Dr Sue Dyson, is playing a leading role in a series of new educational videos aimed at helping riders, owners, trainers and vets to recognise musculoskeletal pain and subtle lameness sooner. Dr Dyson, who is Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK, believes that the videos are a valuable learning tool to…

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Animal Health Trust Celebrate Dr Sue Dyson’s 35 Year Anniversary

Lameness Assessment with Everything Horse and the Animal Health Trust

Animal Health Trust Celebrate Dr Sue Dyson’s 35 Year Anniversary World renowned vet changing the face of equine medicine celebrates 35 years supporting horse and their health with latest research results Leading veterinary research charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), is celebrating the anniversary of one of their most valued members of staff, Dr Sue Dyson, with the release of her latest results of her eagerly awaited facial expressions and behaviour study. As Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the AHT, Sue has dedicated 35 years to treating hundreds of patients…

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Horse Strangles Help Scientist with the Human Sore Throat

Strangles Awareness week 2020

Horse Strangles Help Scientist with the Human Sore Throat A new research technique developed to investigate the devastating disease Strangles in horses, has helped scientists in human medicine take a leap forward in understanding the bacteria that causes many of us to become hoarse ourselves. World-leading scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in partnership with scientific and veterinary research charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), have identified new genes linked to how Streptococcus pyogenes, the infection responsible for a sore throat, survives in saliva from people. The technique they…

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Sensor Technology Enhances Relationship Between Lameness and Back Problems

Sensor Technology Enhances Relationship Between Lameness and Back Problems in Horses Sensor technology is allowing experts from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Animal Health Trust to enhance their understanding of the relationship between lameness and back problems in horses. It has long been acknowledged that horses with lameness often also present back problems, and horses diagnosed with back problems also show limb related lameness. The interaction between the two is bio-mechanically complex, and how lameness may lead to back problems or how back problems may create lameness is comparatively…

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Lameness Assessment and Investigation

Lameness Assessment with Everything Horse and the Animal Health Trust

Lameness Assessment and Investigation – solving the mystery #EverythingHorseMagazine – February 2017 – Lameness Following on from our first article looking at how to spot lameness in the horse for February, here we delve further into Lameness assessment and investigation with the charity for fighting disease and injury, the Animal Health Trust. About the AHT Equine Clinic The Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equine Clinic is made up of world specialists, who treat a variety of injuries or conditions, but their greatest area of expertise lies in orthopaedics and in particular,…

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How to Spot a Lame Horse

Identifying a Lame Horse - Lifting head when bearing weight on lame leg. Image credit Animal Health Trust

How to Spot a Lame Horse #EverythingHorseMagazine – Horse Health This month we focus on the lame horse. Throughout February we will look at how to spot a lame horse, assessing lameness, feed recommendations and other related topics. The Animal Health Trust gets us underway with the first of those topics, on how to spot the lame horse. How to spot lameness What does the term lameness mean? Lameness essentially means an abnormal gait, which is most of the time caused by pain. How common is it? Lameness is very common.…

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Equine Influenza

Equine Influenza

Equine Influenza Equine Influenza, or ‘flu’ is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus and can be passed very easily from one horse to another. The virus reproduces in the nose, throat and windpipe (respiratory tract) and is spread when the horse breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can also be passed on by direct contact between horses and by handlers, so good hygiene is very important. AHT Top Tip: Flu is easily passed on through contact so make sure you wash your hands between caring for each horse,…

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Sun Damage: How the Sun can Damage Horses

Sun Damage

Sun Damage: How the Sun can Damage Horses Horse Health – Sun damage – Everything Horse Magazine Whilst we all love the weather that British summer time can provide, sun exposure can be as problematic for horses as it is for ourselves. Here Anna Hollis, Senior Clinician in Equine Oncology at the Animal Health Trust, takes a look at the hidden dangers of sun burn and squamous cell carcinoma Sun burn and the hidden dangers Horses with poorly pigmented areas of skin are at high risk of sun damage developing into sun burn. Commonly…

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