British Dressage Ask the Expert with Jane Nixon
Equine Influenza Vaccinations Update
The Board of British Dressage has now agreed and released a process for owners of horses who experience severe reactions to their equine influenza vaccinations to apply for dispensation for the requirement of a six monthly booster.
Following the introduction of the new revision to the vaccination rules for competing with British Dressage to include the requirement of a vaccine booster within six months + 21 days, a number of members made contact to request a process to apply for exemption. It was reviewed and agreed in the best interests of equine welfare by the Board. Members whose horses have experienced severe reactions (laminitis, neurological issues, off work for a week or more, etc.) may now apply for an exemption for that six month requirement.
All horses competing under BD rules must comply with the minimum vaccination requirements, no dispensation will be given, only the six monthly booster.
- Download the application form and complete fully with your veterinarian. Complete as fully as you can and make sure you and your vet sign. Any accompanying evidence must be included and please include full contact information for your vet as they may be contacted by the panel as part of their review. A fee of £50 is required to fund process.
- A dispensation panel has been formed consisting of John McEwen MBE – BEF Director of Equine Sports Science and Medicine (Chair), Jenny Hall – Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee, Jane Nixon MA VETMB BSC MRCVS and with specialist advice from Philip Ivens RCVS and EBVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. The panel will meet in April and October each year. However as this is new initiative, the panel will meet as soon as an adequate number of applications are received so please apply as soon as you can.
- The panel will review each case and evidence thoroughly and make a judgement to grant dispensation or not. The BD office will notify the owner as soon as a decision is made.
- If given, dispensation lasts 12 months and must be re-applied for annually.
Download a dispensation form: