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Survey reveals high risk of injury to equine vets

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BEING an equine vet appears to carry the highest risk of injury of any civilian occupation in the UK, according to the results of a recent survey on injuries within the profession. The study, commissioned by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), was conducted by medical professionals at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow; the results have prompted BEVA to try to raise awareness of the risks and to look at ways of making equine veterinary practice safer.

Explaining the background to the survey, BEVA reports that anecdotal information had suggested that veterinary practitioners involved in equine work frequently sustained injuries as part of their work, but the prevalence and type of injury had never been quantified. It was widely thought that some vets had had to give up equine work due to …

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