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Tuesday 02 October - 15h12 | Edited press release
How can skin and flesh wounds in horses be better managed and treated? That is the focus of a new project in the United Kingdom called the Equine Wounds Project, and horse owners are being asked to provide crucial input for this 'citizen science project.'
The project, which is being run by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham and the equine charity The British Horse Society, is focused on improving each step in the care of injured horses.“Wounds are a common emergency problem in the horse,” project coordinators explain, “but at present there is no clear guidance available for owners about which types need to be treated by a vet, how long different wounds take to heal, or if the horse will return to normal work. It can be very difficult for owners to make an informed decision about what to do, particularly at a time when they may be feeling distressed about their horse’s well-being.”Nottingham University and the Horse Society have explained what they are requesting from the public: “The Equine Wound Project is asking horse owners to submit information, including photos, about their horse’s initial wound, as well as the subsequent assessment, treatment process and healing outcome. Information is submitted to the University where veterinary researchers want to learn about any type of equine wound regardless of size and whether it has been treated by a vet, so they can capture information on a wide range of injuries.”The BHS and the University’s equine veterinary team envisage that the analysis from this research will result in new, freely-accessible educational resources to support decision-making, helping to improve owners’ recognition and care of wounds. Continued below.
Equine Wounds Project
Professor Gary England, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, and one of the research project supervisors, said: “The University and the British Horse Society have had a very successful previous collaboration through the REACT colic campaign. We are delighted to be working together again on this new initiative, working closely with horse owners to gather new evidence on wounds and wound healing in the horse, which we plan to use to develop similar high-quality educational resources.”Emmeline Hannelly, BHS Welfare Education Manager added: “We are very pleased to support the University of Nottingham with this new research project. We understand it can be an anxious time for horse owners when their horse is injured, and we want to hear from them no matter how small the wound may be. Owners sometimes have to deal with extremely variable wounds, and decisions about how to treat and what to apply to the wound can be worrying, as some treatments may be detrimental to healing.”This new research is designed to provide evidence-based answers to questions such as:Should you call a vet?
Credit : Equine Wounds Project
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