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Equine practice
Safety in equine practice
  1. Jill Butterworth
  1. The Village Veterinary Surgery, Hertfordshire AL10 9JS; e-mail: enquiries@jillbutterworth.co.uk

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I READ with interest the British Equine Veterinary Associations's (BEVA) new guidelines and note with irony that Veterinary Record chose to illustrate the news with an archive picture from early in the last century.

It is astonishing that the Health and Safety Executive has been persuaded that the veterinary profession does not have to emulate the safer industries of construction and the fire service by implementing compulsory helmet wearing in equine practice, given that the commonest cause of work-related fatality in this group is head injury.

Resistance to change in the equestrian community is endemic …

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