Being an equine vet isn't without its risks. A recent report from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) revealed that a vet in this sector could expect to sustain between seven and eight injuries at work that would impede them from practising over the course of a 30-year career.
This, according to the Health and Safety Executive, is a very high number of injuries when compared to other occupations like the fire brigade, the prison service and the construction industry.
Now, the BEVA has published a new set of guidelines to help people manage equine risks, accompanied by a guide on how to spot some of the warning signs that horses might display, written by behaviourist and equine vet Gemma Pearson.
CEO of the BEVA David Mountford commented: "The new guidelines have been carefully developed to ensure that they are as pertinent, pragmatic and helpful as possible for vets in practice. Hopefully, they will be able to make the equine veterinary workplace a little safer."
The 2013 study also asked participants to describe the worst injuries they've ever received. The majority were bruising, factures and lacerations, with the most common site for the injury being the leg followed by the head. The main cause was a kick with a hind limb, followed by a strike with a front leg, and crush injuries. Almost a quarter of these injuries needed hospital admission and seven per cent led to loss of consciousness.
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