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Equine anthelmintics: survey of the patterns of use, beliefs and attitudes among horse owners in the UK
  1. K. Allison, MA, FRSM1,
  2. N. M. Taylor, BVSc, MSc, DipECVPH, MRCVS1,
  3. A. J. Wilsmore, BVSc, PhD, DipAH, MRCVS1 and
  4. C. Garforth, BSc, PhD2
  1. Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Research Unit, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 237, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AR
  2. School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 237, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AR
  1. E-mail for correspondence keith.allison{at}

An online survey was conducted to establish horse owners' beliefs, attitudes and practices relating to the use of anthelmintic drugs. Out of a total of 574 respondents, 89 per cent described themselves as ‘leisure riders’, most of whom took part in a variety of activities including eventing, show jumping, dressage, hunter trials, hunting, driving, endurance and showing. Overall, respondents were generally aware and concerned about the issue of anthelmintic resistance. Less than 60 per cent of all respondents were comfortable with their existing anthelmintic programme, and 25 per cent would like to reduce the use of anthelmintics in their horses. Of all the respondents, 47 per cent used livery, and 49 per cent of those reported that the livery imposed a common anthelmintic programme for horses kept on the premises; 45 per cent of these respondents were not entirely happy with the livery yard's programme. Less than 50 per cent of all respondents included ‘veterinary surgeon’ among their sources of advice on worming.

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