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In this section, you will find various updates concerning the veterinary aspects of Equestrian Sport. 

  • March 2018 - RESPE, the French disease outbreak report system has reported 22 venues that have been infected by Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) since January 2018. The regions of Normandy, Brittany and Loire Valley are the most affected. The outbreaks have mainly affected sport horse populations but also breeding horses and have recently caused the cancellation of some events in western France. More information from the FEI regarding this outbreak can be found here. The FEI Veterinary Department would also like to share some biosecurity measures to safeguard the horse population. 
  • December 2017 - The FEI Veterinary Department is pleased to announce the publication of 8 new detection times. We hope this information will assist veterinarians who treat sports horses in calculating safe withdrawal times and help prevent positive findings under the Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Program. The new FEI List of Detection Times can be accessed here.
  • June 2015 - An outbreak of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) has recently occurred in Hungary. Information from the FEI regarding this outbreak can be found 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
  • For advice on the transport of FEI horses within Europe, please refer to our guidance note on transporting  horses within Europe, by clicking here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Updates sent to FEI Veterinarians
December 2017 - Official Veterinarian Update
December 2017 - Permitted Treating Veterinarian Update
December 2017 - Testing Veterinarian Update
December 2016 - Official Veterinarian Update
November 2016 - Official Veterinarian Update
August 2016 - Official Veterinarian Update


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