AMTRA calls for more targeted equine worming approach
Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) says more should be done
to highlight the benefits of a more strategic approach to equine worming, and has
called for horse owners to seek specialist advice about the importance of
regulatory body will be doing more to support Registered Animal Medicines
Advisors (RAMAs) in their role, highlighting to horse owners the importance of
speaking to your RAMA for expert guidance, and providing RAMAs with additional
resources to support them in delivering practical advice.
there are undoubtedly increased levels of awareness, too many horse owners are approaching
worming incorrectly,” explains AMTRA Secretary General Stephen Dawson.
“Many are blanket dosing without knowing which worms they’re targeting, whether it is even necessary to worm, or if the treatment has been effective, so we are taking a closer look at the worming process, assisting RAMAs to explain more thoroughly how the process works, and encouraging better practice all round,” he adds.
to your RAMA
The equine RAMAs’ role
is to support horse owners and yard managers in putting together and carrying
out a parasite control plan, yet many horse owners still see worming as one-off
transaction, rather than a long-term strategy which takes the bigger picture
into consideration, such as the age and health status of the horse.
“RAMAs are qualified
professionals who are passionate about horse health. Their advice and knowledge
is valuable and accessible – it’s also free!” says Mr Dawson.
“They are there to work with horse
owners, and they want to make the process easier to understand and more
effective, and reduce resistance challenges in the future. Visit your local
retail premises and ask to speak to your equine RAMA – they will be more than happy to help.”
egg counting and why it is important will be high on the agenda for AMTRA, who
will be working alongside other industry bodies to demonstrate the practical
application and how to properly test. The initiative will also focus on
long-term parasitic control plans and keeping records, demonstrating the
importance of having a plan in place and a strong ongoing relationship with
your animal medicines advisor.
is one of many industry bodies, alongside vets, RAMAs, charities, policy
makers, retailers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others, that make up the
Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) working group named ‘CANTER’ (Controlling
ANTiparasitic resistance in Equines Responsibly).
In a meeting led by Clare Stratford, head of the efficacy team and anthelmintic policy lead at the VMD, the group’s first gathering under its new title took place in early August. The CANTER group will discuss and develop a strategy and a pan-industry approach to tackling the problem, with strong support from AMTRA
independent, not-for-profit organisation, AMTRA has a duty to support the work,
training opportunities and understanding of all AMTRA RAMAs across all species,
including equines, in order to meet industry demands.
the beginning of the current CPD period, which began in July 2021, AMTRA took
the decision to introduce, within the overall compulsory CPD obligation for
farm animal RAMAs, a requirement to undertake particular CPD with a focus on parasite
control in the context of anthelmintic resistance. It is now considering a
similar policy for equine RAMAs.
anthelmintic resistance and targeted worming practices, and how it impacts on
choices in parasite control strategies, is a key part of the prescribing
process,” continues Mr Dawson.
is therefore important that RAMAs are regularly improving and refreshing their
knowledge about testing and correct treatment in order to pass this on to horse
owners. We believe that compulsory CPD within the next two-year cycle may help
to deliver this.”
area of targeted and strategic worming will be a focus for AMTRA over the next twelve
months and beyond, and the regulatory body will also be producing a number of
resources, assets and infographics for RAMAs and their employers, for use
online and in retail stores.