BEVA Congress: Opening Events and Horse Owner Take-Homes

The 51st British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress kicked off Sept. 13 in Birmingham, U.K.
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Editor’s note: This article is part of TheHorse.com’s ongoing coverage of the 51st British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress, taking place Sept. 12-15, 2012, in Birmingham, U.K.


The 51st British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress kicked off today, Sept. 13, in Birmingham, U.K., with a light-hearted opening address from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of BEVA.

Princess Anne first applauded the many veterinarians in attendance for their efforts tending to equine athletes during the recent London Olympic Games. She then noted how the equine veterinary profession has changed over the decades, with modern-day clients now having access to a vast body of knowledge via the Internet. She tasked the veterinarians with continuing to help owners understand what they read about online and in print for the well-being of the equine patient.

"Those horses, whatever shape or size, will benefit greatly from your knowledge and from you being here (at the Congress)," The Princess Royal concluded

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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