BEVA Trust Veterinarians Support Horse Charity Projects
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Trust joined up with the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) this month to pilot two separate projects to help horse welfare in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Seven veterinary volunteers assisted with a U.K.-based equine castration and microchipping day organized by the BHS while in Morocco two volunteers provided valuable teaching support for SPANA’s veterinary teams.
The BEVA Trust is the British Equine Veterinary Association’s philanthropic arm and was established almost 50 years ago. Historically the bulk of its expenditure was small grants relating to travel and education but following a review last year the trust’s focus has changed. BEVA members expressed a desire for the trust to focus on voluntary veterinary participation in charitable welfare projects. The two pilot projects were very well subscribed with more than 40 veterinarians volunteering their services for the limited places available.
Seven volunteer veterinarians worked on the pilot castration and microchipping project in Hampshire, U.K., earlier this month. BHS welfare officers identified local horses that needed gelding and/or microchipping and arranged the logistics for the day. Then veterinarians gelded 28 colts and stallions and microchipped and issued passports for a total of 45 horses over the course of the
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