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7 June 2017

Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy 2017 Campaign Focuses on Life Stages
Starting with ‘Foals in Focus’

Milton Keynes, June 07, 2017 – The Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy campaign for 2017 is supporting vets through the main equine life stages, starting with a focus on foals. The campaign will provide vets and owners with new support and resources in its aim of improving the quality of information on preventative healthcare and its practices amongst Britain’s equine herd.

‘Foals in Focus’
‘Foals in Focus’ resources aim to support the education of owners on the basics of preventative healthcare, putting vets at the centre of the process. They include a concise and informative presentation for vets’ use at client events, available from MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA), creators of the Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy campaign. There is also a foal worming protocol for vets and SQPs to use, using up-to-date technical information and taking into account current resistance patterns. It aims to ensure effective parasite control in foals and avoid the overuse of wormers, which increases the likelihood of parasite resistance developing. Other resources include newsletter and Facebook content for vet practices to use and educational materials for horse owners that promote a proactive approach to the care of the broodmare and foal. The resources offer guidance on parasite control, Equine Influenza and tetanus vaccination. They also include information on foaling, care of the mare in late pregnancy and newborn foal.

Peter Young, Equine Business Manager at MSD Animal Health comments: “We understand that vets often see the foal in its first days of life, or perhaps at foaling, and then often not until their first vaccination at around six months old. These resources have been designed to encourage proactive discussion on preventative healthcare between vets and clients. The aim is to provide materials that support vets talking to clients about the gold standard for routine healthcare of mares and foals before the birth to ensure an effective healthcare plan is in place.”

For full details talk to your MSD Animal Health Equine Account Manager, call us on 01908 685685 or refer to