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Horse owners urged to take National Health Survey 

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This is taking place in the United Kingdom but is an excellent idea. Hopefully a report will be published once all the data is collected. ~ HfH

horsehealthFrom: The Horse & Hound
By: Martha Terry

Leading equestrian organisations are urging horse owners to participate in the National Equine Health Survey (18-24 May) to help identify priorities for research into equine diseases.

Many veterinary authorities and equine charities have committed their support for the survey, which is organised by the Blue Cross in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association.

The online survey — which should take around 5mins — records common health issues in horses, directly from their owners, to build a picture of health and disease of horses in the UK. New questions have been devised this year on equine infectious diseases and ragwort to reflect both current government debate on surveillance measures and concern among welfare organisations.

BEVA chief executive David Mountford said: “In the face of Defra’s plan to downgrade the status of Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) it is more important than ever that the UK Equine Industry can demonstrate that it is taking share of responsibility for equine health.

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