AGM & General Meeting – 2013

The NEWC Annual General Meeting was held at the British Horseracing Authority on 18 April 2013. Sponsored by the British Horseracing Authority this day included two excellent speakers:

Professor Jacqueline Matthews BVMS PhD MRCVS Head of Disease Control & Principal Veterinary Parasitologist at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh EH26 0PZ – who spoke on the subject of ‘Mitigating dewormer resistance in horses: the way forward’.

Natalie Sim MRCVS School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow – who spoke on the subject of ‘Awareness and Attitude of the Equine Industry Towards an Unwanted Horse Population in the UK’.

To view a copy of the minutes of the meeting please click here.


The NEWC General Meeting was held on 6th November 2013 at Nottingham Trent University. Thank you to all members who attended and for your participation. Sponsored by Nottingham Trent University this day included two excellent speakers:-

Dr Sarah Freeman – Nottingham Vet School – Sarah Freeman is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. She is a European Specialist in Large Animal Surgery, and also holds further qualifications in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Radiology. She currently provides clinical expertise and final year teaching within the Defence Animal Centre Equine Hospital. Sarah  reported on a current research project – the evaluation of the primary presentation and diagnosis of acute abdominal pain (colic) in the horse to establish evidence-based guidelines (

Jayney Caspar MSc – Nottingham Trent University – Jayney presented her report on her findings resulting from her Local Authority Equine Welfare Case Survey. This report is yet to be published.

Rehoming Forum – In the afternoon Amanda Berry from HAPPA kicked off the debate by presenting HAPPA’s updated successful Rehoming Process’s entitled – ‘Throughput.’ A discussion followed on how we can improve the chances of finding good homes for unwanted equines beyond the existing mechanisms in place  with the various members of NEWC. This discussion was kindly facilitated by Gwen Smyth of Equestrian Needs.

To view a copy of the minutes of the meeting please click here.