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26 January 2016

Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy campaign 2016 Aims for a Tetanus Jab for each of Britain’s Horses

Milton Keynes, January 26, 2016 – The Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy (KBHH) campaign for 2016 will have one key aim – for all of Britain’s horses to receive a tetanus vaccination. The campaign will also provide new support and resources in its goal to improve preventative healthcare practices amongst Britain’s equine herd.

Making tetanus a priority

As part of last year’s KBHH campaign, MSD Animal Health ran an on-line survey* with Britain’s horse owners and discovered that only 20% of owners were concerned about their horses getting tetanus, compared to 55% concerned about strangles. Peter Young, Equine Business Manager at MSD Animal Health adds: “There is an opportunity here for equine vets to encourage owners to think more about tetanus and protect their horses against this potentially fatal disease through vaccination.”

Encouraging improvements in preventative healthcare practices

The KBHH campaign throughout 2016 will also provide new tools and support to encourage improved preventative healthcare standards throughout Britain. This will include a step-by-step guide to using the tools and resources available within the KBHH portfolio, and some new resources to help yards monitor and improve their own preventative healthcare practices. Peter Young adds: “Improving communications between horse owners, yards and equine vets has been one of our main objectives since the launch of the KBHH campaign. Our new tools will support this process, enhancing access to preventative healthcare advice and services throughout Britain. This will include a 2016 Horse Health Week to build on last year’s success.”

*Horse&Hound Online Survey, 23rd – 30th March 2015.