Yard Excellence Scheme launched by MSD Animal Health to help yards and vets collaborate for best practice

Pack designed to encourage excellent preventative healthcare policies

Milton Keynes, September 11, 2018 – MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, has launched its Yard Excellence Scheme to help yards and vets collaborate in developing best practice healthcare policies. Developed as part of the Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy (KBHH) campaign, MSD Animal Health has created a pack, endorsed by BEVA and World Horse Welfare, to help yard owners and vets educate owners on why they should vaccinate and the benefits of preventative healthcare. The scheme also covers preventative healthcare and infectious disease outbreak protocols.

The Yard Excellence Scheme pack includes information on vaccination, weight management, worming and biosecurity, and gives yard owners the opportunity to put protocols in place across a range of preventative health areas. These protocols cover worming, vaccination and managing new arrivals. There are also additional resources to promote the Scheme within the yard such as yard posters, a horse owner checklist, horse records and responsible horse owner booklets. All the yards that develop and implement appropriate protocols, in collaboration with their vet, will achieve the KBHH Yard Excellence Scheme Standard and will be promoted on the KBHH Facebook page (@keepinghorseshealthy). Yards can also promote their achievement via social media and on their website.

Fieke Bennett, equine business manager at MSD Animal Health comments: “Our KBHH Yard Excellence Scheme is aimed at encouraging yards and vets to collaborate more closely towards excellent preventative healthcare practices. By encouraging vaccination and other preventative healthcare practices, livery yards will have a healthier population of horses; achieving an environment with happy horses, happy owners, and excellent yard reputation. This collaboration supports a strong relationship between the vet and the yard, a healthy yard means owners can enjoy their love of horses without restriction.”

For further information talk to your MSD Animal Health Equine Account Manager, call us on 01908 685685 or refer to KBHH social media feeds on Facebook page and Twitter (@keepinghorseshealthy).

About MSD Animal Health
For more than a century, MSD, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of MSD. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals®, MSD Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. MSD Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.msd-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.