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British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) response
  1. David Mountford
  1. BEVA, Mulberry House, 31 Market Street, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5LQ
  1. e-mail: david{at}

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Given the resources and expertise that BEVA has put into improving the safety of equine vets it is disappointing to read Jill Butterworth’s letter which completely misrepresents BEVA’s work. Perhaps a closer examination of BEVA’s guidance, its origins, authors, and aims would provide a more objective interpretation.

Concerned about equine practitioner safety, BEVA and the Veterinary Defence Society commissioned, at significant expense, research into the occupational risks of working with horses. The peer-reviewed results of this work are published free online.1

It is worth noting that 85 per cent of all reported injuries did not affect the head and that 77 per cent of individual’s …

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