Veterinary Support

Prioritising the health and welfare requirements of the Thoroughbred horse, The TBA funds and supports crucial veterinary research. Paying particular close attention to areas such as improvement in practices associated with the breeding and rearing with a view to producing an animal of sufficient fitness and soundness to withstand the requirements of a career in racing.

Each year the TBA provides up to £200,000 for research into the respective challenges of equine disease avoidance and treatment. It also acts as a link between the members of the breeding industry and scientific academies to ensure that research work is focused on providing practical and cost effective benefits where most needed and to fund appropriate research work accordingly.

Some of the recent projects the TBA has supported include:

  • A study looking at Risk Factors and Pathologies associated with early pregnancy loss
  • A prevalence study of lawsonia intracellularis in foals. Work on this begun in March 2014 and will conclude in June 2015
  • An annual investment of £50,000 towards the work of the AHT’s Infectious Diseases Service (IDS) to maintain its on-going commitment to provide a contingency fund for the control and prevention of an equine exotic disease entering Great Britain.


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