Two new healthcare and castration clinics will be held this autumn, following the success of pilot projects run earlier this year by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Trust.

More than 40 vets volunteered their services for the limited places available.

Due to the success of the clinics in May — a castration project in Southampton and a SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) regional CPD Meeting in Morocco — two new healthcare and castration clinics have been confirmed for the autumn. They will be in late September/October in the south west and south east.

Suitable colts and stallions will be identified and recruited at each location by charity welfare officers, and volunteer vets will castrate up to 30 horses at each event. In addition as many horses as possible will be wormed and vaccinated against tetanus, courtesy of animal health company Zoetis, and will also be microchipped and “passported”.

Bell Equine Vet Julian Samuelson, chair of the trust review committee, said: “These events not only reduce the opportunity for unintentional breeding but, more importantly, have also proven to be a great way of getting new groups of horse owners engaged with veterinary care. By coordinating the necessary veterinary expertise we hope BEVA Trust will make a significant contribution to their success.”

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The BEVA Trust is the British Equine Veterinary Association’s philanthropic arm and was established almost 50 years ago.

The clinics have been organised by the BEVA Trust, together with the British Horse Society Blue Cross, Horseworld, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, and many veterinary volunteers have already offered their services.

Further clinics will be arranged over the next 12 months. For further information visit www.beva.org.uk.