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Understanding lymphoid leukaemia: the case of Billy Shannon [H&H VIP]

Eventing fans were stunned this autumn when Olympic prospect Billy Shannon lost her short, sharp battle against lymphoid leukaemia. Andrea Oakes and Karen Coumbe MRCVS investigate this aggressive — and thankfully very rare — blood condition

Pippa Funnell remembers vividly the last morning that Billy Shannon went out to graze. After unexplained weight loss in the preceding weeks, the 10-year-old mare’s condition had deteriorated rapidly over the weekend and further blood tests had been taken for urgent laboratory analysis.