British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) members have voted with their feet to show their approval for the BEVA Trust’s recent new focus.
Two pilot equine health care projects supported by the trust earlier this year inspired more than 40 veterinarians to volunteer their services for the limited places available. Such enthusiasm has given the BEVA Trust the green light to provide similar help for more healthcare clinics scheduled to take place around the U.K. this autumn.
The trust is BEVA’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 it now its primary focus is on the provision of support for voluntary welfare projects.
Following the success of the pilot projects in May (a castration project in Southampton and a Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad regional continuing professional development meeting in Morocco) two new health care and castration clinics have been confirmed for the autumn. They have been organized by the BEVA Trust, together with the British Horse Society Blue Cross, Horseworld, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and World Horse Welfare, and many veterinary volunteers have already offered their services.
Suitable colts and stallions will be identified and recruited at each location by charity welfare officers and volunteer veterinarians will castrate up to 30 horses at each event. In addition as many horses as possible will be dewormed and vaccinated against tetanus, courtesy of Zoetis, and will also be microchipped and “passportedR