Since April 2008, the HBLB has supported the Equine Infectious Disease Surveillance Service via a collaborative funding arrangement with other racing industry bodies: the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA).
This programme was based at the Animal Health Trust for many years, but, following the Trust’s closure in July 2020, alternative provision is under development. Potential suppliers of diagnostic services have been invited to submit proposals. For further information, please go to media.britishhorseracing.com/bha/careers/vacancies/Diagnostic_and_Pathology_ITT.pdf
The primary aim of the Infectious Disease Service funding is to provide the UK Thoroughbred industry with a first-class diagnostic and surveillance facility for existing and emerging equine diseases. Along with the HBLB-funded Equine Influenza Programme, the collaborative funding of Infectious Disease Services ensures that the AHT can provide the Thoroughbred industry with a broad diagnostic service, respond quickly to disease outbreaks and act as a source of expert information on equine diseases. The results of research on equine diseases becomes incorporated into the Infectious Disease Services to ensure that the facility remains relevant and effective.
HBLB makes available £150,000 annually to the Infectious Disease Services, the ROA contributes around £250,000 (via the race entry levy) and the TBA £50,000.