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In this section, you will find various updates concerning the veterinary aspects of Equestrian Sport. This includes explanations of the new regulations being introduced. We recommend that you visit this section regularly for recent updates.

  • An outbreak of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) has recently occurred in Hungary. Information from the FEI regarding this outbreak can be found here.
  • The FEI has been requested to communicate the organisation of the European Equine Health and Nutrition Congress (EEHNC), which will take place in March 26-27 2015 in Bruges (BEL). The focus of the Congress will be “Feeding the Equine Athlete”. For further information relative to the registration, please see here.
     
  • Changes to the FEI Veterinary Regulations were accepted at the FEI General Assembly 2014 in Baku (AZE).
    The FEI Veterinary Regulations 2015, may now be found here.
     
  • The Regional Conference on International Competition Horse Movement organised by the FEI, OIE and IFHA was held in Dubai (UAE), 29 September - 01 October 2014, further information may viewed here.
  • The FEI Bureau has approved the changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List brought forward by the FEI List Expert Group. These changes are effective as of 1 January 2015 and have been summarised here.

  • The OIE, FEI and IFHA convened for the Regional Conference on the Facilitation of International Competition Horse Movement in Hong Kong, from 18 to 20 February 2014, for more information please click here
     
  • The FEI General Assembly, which took place from 4 to 7 November 2013 in Lausanne Switzerland, accepted unanimously the changes to the FEI Veterinary Regulations for 2014. A summary of these changes can be viewed here. To view the the markup version of the FEI Veterinary Regulations, please click here.
  • The FEI Bureau has now approved the changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List which were brought forward by the FEI List Expert Group. These changes will come into effect on 1 January 2014. The changes are summarised here.

  • For advice on the transport of FEI horses within Europe, please refer to our guidance note on transporting  horses within Europe, by clicking here.
     
  • Rotation of Veterinary Delegates. FEI Veterinary Regulation article 1013, paragraph 15 states that “as of 1 January 2013, a Veterinary Delegate (VD) must not have been the VD at the same event for more than 3 consecutive years”. To clarify, any Official Veterinarian who has worked as the Veterinary Delegate at the same Event for three consecutive years beginning 1 January 2010 must take a minimum of a one-year break before resuming the role of Veterinary Delegate at that event. Please note that this rule is not applicable to the Veterinary Services Manager or other Treating Veterinarians appointed by the Organising Committee.
  • Microchipping.Please be reminded that commencing on the 1 January 2013, all horses registering with the FEI for the first time must be microchipped. This decision was taken at the 2011 FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The microchip must be compatible with the ISO 11784 and ISO 11785 and the information must also be entered into the horse’s passport and supplied at the time of requested registration.For further information, please visit the Identification and Passports section of the Veterinary page.
  • Changes to the Veterinary Regulations approved at the General Assembly. The FEI General Assembly unanimously agreed on the 2013 Veterinary Regulations which can be accessed here. To view a comprehensive review of the changes, please click here. Please note that the Veterinary Regulations are presently being reformatted and the final version will be published shortly.
  • Equine Infectious Anaemia Cases in Europe. Due to the recently confirmed cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) in several parts of Europe, including Germany, the FEI wishes to inform all competitors and owners about the nature of this disease. It is important to seek veterinary advice if there is any suspicion of a horse showing signs of the disease. Within Europe, where EIA is a notifiable disease, any suspected case must be reported to the relevant government authorities.

    Equine Infectious Anaemia, also known as Swamp Fever, is a viral disease which affects horses, mules and donkeys and is most commonly spread by biting insects such as horse flies and midges. At present no treatment or effective vaccination exists for this disease. EIA is not spread from horses to people and it is therefore of no risk to human health. The presence of the disease can be indicated by a variety of tests, the most commonly known being the “Coggins Test” (AGID Test). A summary of the clinical signs observed in horses affected by EIA can be viewed here.

    EIA does not spread quickly and is unlikely to spread widely from infected horses. While EIA may be fatal in horses, recovering animals remain lifelong carriers of the disease and will remain infectious to other animals. Therefore, in Europe infected horses must be humanely destroyed to prevent the further spread of the virus.

    Further information on EIA produced by the OIE can be found here. If you have concerns that your horse may be developing signs of EIA, or you believe it has been in contact with a horse known to have been diagnosed with EIA, you must isolate it and consult your Veterinary Adviser.
  • Clarification on the use of Tongue Guards. The 2013 FEI Veterinary Regulations, Article 1035 paragraph 4, states that tongue guards are only permitted if used correctly and that separate items must not be incorporated around the bit, so as to cause welfare concerns.
     
  • Compliance with FEI Equine Influenza Vaccination Requirements. There have been recent reports of some viral respiratory disease outbreaks in parts of Europe. This has included Equine Influenza (EI), but also Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA). The FEI Veterinary Regulations require that all horses are vaccinated against Equine Influenza within six months of competing at an event, having had the necessary primary course of vaccinations. This approach has been endorsed by  the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE). You must always ensure that your horse complies with these influenza vaccination requirements.

    Even though the risk of Equine Influenza and other respiratory viruses is still low, you should also be aware of the signs of influenza and what to do if you have any concerns. Signs of Equine Influenza: Fever, dry cough followed by a nasal discharge, depression, loss of appetite, muscle pain and weakness are frequently observed.

    If you suspect your horse has the disease:

    -Isolate any suspect or sick animals;

    -Seek a veterinary opinion;

    -Check the temperature of other suspect horses;

    -Stop movements of horses within the group in suspected cases of the disease; do not resume movements until the   underlying cause of the symptoms are confirmed.

    -Until the cause of the symptoms is known, ensure that the person who looks after the sick horse does not look after other horses. Further information can be accessed through Equine Influenza.
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