HBLB: New Research Projects, Scholarships Starting in 2016

Research topics include musculoskeletal and respiratory issues, parasites on stud farms, early pregnancy loss, and more.
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The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), a British statutory organization, has announced that new research will be taking place and scholarships will be available in 2016.

The HBLB’s veterinary science and education investment program for this year includes:

  • Four major research projects;
  • Four smaller researcher projects;
  • Two senior clinical scholarships;
  • Three equine post-doctoral fellowships; and
  • Two infectious disease programs.

The HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) will again be managing new veterinary scientific research investment on behalf of the Racing Foundation, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), and the British European Breeders Fund (BEBF). In addition to the funding allocation approved by HBLB of £1.55m (more than $2.18 million), £133,500 ($188,194) has been made available by the Racing Foundation, while the TBA and BEBF have chosen to support two of the new post-doctoral fellowships with £352,000 ($496,214) and £60,000 ($84,582), respectively, over three years. In addition, both the TBA and Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) contribute towards the equine infectious disease service

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