Published: 12/11/2012 12:29:50
AHT scientist presented with prestigious award for excellent service
Dr Andrew Waller, our Head of Bacteriology, was presented with the Welfare Award for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare at the British Horse Society (BHS) Awards held on Friday 2 November.
The prestigious BHS Awards are presented to individuals and organisations who have given outstanding service to the cause of equestrianism and equine welfare. Andrew was presented with the Welfare Award in recognition of his dedication to combat Strangles, the most commonly diagnosed infectious disease of horses worldwide. The award was presented by actor and BHS President, Martin Clunes.
Strangles, caused by Streptococcus equi, is of major welfare and economic importance as the disease can have complicated side effects and can lead to death. It is extremely disruptive to the horse industry as horses can carry the Strangles bacteria but show no clinical signs.
Andrew has been instrumental in the development of blood and DNA tests to diagnose infected horses, both launched in 2008, as well as working toward the launch of a new Strangles vaccine. He has also collaborated with the BHS on Strangles education for many years and helped develop STEPS, the Strategy to Eradicate and Prevent Strangles.
Upon receiving this award Andrew has said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to receive this award for our work towards the eradication of Strangles.
“It is so important that our new diagnostic tests meet the needs of the horse-owning public and we are delighted that they are already having an important impact in preventing and controlling this devastating disease.”
Lee Hackett, BHS Senior Executive (Welfare) said: “Strangles is a horrible disease that can have devastating effects on horse health and lead to financial ruin for some equestrian businesses. The incredible work done by Andrew and his colleagues at the AHT has advanced our understanding of Strangles enormously and there is no doubt that many horses, and indeed people, have benefited greatly from their research.
“The BHS has been privileged to work closely with Andrew and his team and there is no more deserving recipient of this award.”
More information about what the AHT is doing to fight Strangles, visit our Strangles Blood Test page.
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