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ROYAL (DICK) SCHOOL OF VETERINARY STUDIES
The University of Edinburgh
Dick Vet Equine Practice
Easter Bush Campus
Telephone 0131 650 6253
Fax 0131 650 8824
Accounts 0131 650 7566
After Hours 01223 849 835
To Whom It May Concern
Re: SRUC Oatridge campus, Ecclesmachen, West Lothian
One horse which resides on the above premises has developed an enlarged lymph node and tested positive on a blood sample for antibodies to Streptococcus equi, the bacterium which causes strangles in horses. No other horses have developed clinical signs, but a small number have also had blood samples taken which show low levels of antibodies to the bacterium.
Note that no horses have tested positive for the actual presence of the bacterium; they only show previous exposure so may not actually pose a risk of infecting others.
As a precaution, for the benefit of all other horses, the following measures have been taken:
- Isolation of horses which have tested positive for antibodies
- Turnout to paddocks of all of the other horses, to prevent contact with visiting horses. The exceptions are four horses which must be stabled for unrelated reasons in a designated area
- Disinfection of the stabling, car park, equipment and indoor arenas that the positive horses may have been in contact with
The outdoor showjumping field and warm up paddock are not considered at risk of harbouring infection.
Note also that the bacteria can only be passed between horses by direct (horse to horse) or indirect (via a person, piece of equipment or environment) contact. It cannot be transmitted more than a few metres in the air. It is not known exactly how long the bacteria can survive in the environment, but one study suggested up to a fortnight in ideal conditions.
These measures have been taken to prevent the already very slim chance of other horses being exposed to the bacterium. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Shirley Melling at
Louise H Cornish BVMS Cert EP MRCVS
The Scottish National Equestrian Centre is the state of the art venue for all your equestrian sports and activities. Situated in rural West Lothian the centre is just 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and has excellent access to both the M8 & M9 motorways, thereby ensuring that access to the centre is easy for competitors and spectators from the United Kingdom and other European countries alike.
The centre boasts some fantastic facilities, including an international arena with viewing area, warm up arena and outdoor grass arena.
The Scottish National Equestrian Centre is ‘the’ venue for all equestrian and rural events in Scotland and we hope to see you soon.