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Equine disease surveillance: quarterly update

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Equine disease surveillance, July to September 2018

  • Round up of equine news

  • Summary of UK disease surveillance for the third quarter of 2018

  • Surveillance for Salmonella in horses in Great Britain

News round up

No-deal Brexit and horse movements

With speculation mounting about the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU, what might ‘no deal’ mean for horse health, welfare and movements?

Defra has published a technical notice about animal movements in the event of no deal. The notice (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-horses-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal--2/taking-horses-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal) details the potential requirements for export of horses to the EU, with the UK needing to apply to be a listed third country before horses could be permitted to travel. Pre-export tests for a wide range of diseases would also have to be performed by Official Veterinarians and processed by an approved export laboratory. Test requirements would be confirmed once the third country status of the UK has been established.

About this report

This report is produced by Defra, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and the British Equine Veterinary Association. It is a shortened version of the full report for July to September 2018, which also includes a list of all contributing laboratories. The full report and all previous reports can be accessed on the AHT’s website at www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/DEFRA_AHT_BEVA_equine_reports.html

This report collates equine disease data arising from multiple diagnostic laboratories and veterinary practices throughout the UK. The data presented are taken from various sources and must be interpreted with caution, as there is likely to be some bias in the way that samples are submitted for laboratory testing. For example, they are influenced by factors such as owner attitude or financial constraints, or are submitted for routine screening as well as clinical investigation purposes. Consequently, these data do not necessarily reflect true disease frequency in the UK equine population.

Tripartite Agreement

The Tripartite Agreement (TPA), which facilitates movement of horses between France, Ireland and the UK, will cease …

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