AHT Infectious Disease Group receives NEF Commendation

AHT Infectious Disease Group receives NEF Commendation

HRH The Princess Royal, president of the National Equine Forum, presents the Sir Colin Spedding Award to Dr. Andrew Waller of the AHT.

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The Animal Health Trust (AHT) Infectious Disease Group received the Sir Colin Spedding Award at last week's 2014 British Equestrian Federation National Equine Forum (NEF) in recognition of the group's work on disease research, surveillance, and management.

Andrew Waller, BSc, PhD, head of bacteriology at the AHT, received the award on behalf of the group.

The AHT has been providing veterinary services to the equestrian industry for more than 60 years. The AHT’s Infectious Disease group comprises a team of scientists and veterinarians that supply the detail and data to help the nation’s veterinary surgeons and research analysts make the right decisions regarding equine infectious disease.

“The National Equine Forum is proud to recognize the members of the AHT’s Equine Disease Group," said Tim Brigstocke, NEF chairman. "Equine disease poses a growing threat to all of our horses, which makes the work of the AHT croup ever more important, and hence we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.”

Waller added, “The group has made a number of significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis, surveillance, containment, and treatment of a number of equine ‘nasties’ commonly seen in the UK including equine influenza, strangles, and equine herpesvirus. In addition, we regularly provide advice to the UK equine industry on the threats posed from exotic equine disease. Our work has considerably improved the health and welfare of horses internationally and we are grateful that the National Equine Forum has acknowledged the important role we play in protecting horses from infectious disease.”

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