Club formed to protect new profession
The proposed Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination of Mares)
Order, which is expected to come into force in autumn 2002, will
make it legal for lay people to carry out equine Artificial
Insemination, but only once they have successfully completed an
approved training course. The move will ensure that the welfare
of the horse is protected and that mares have the greatest possible
likelihood of conception through AI. It has led to the launch of
a new professional body to govern standards of practice within the
industry and to give horse owners peace of mind.
the same way that you expect your farrier to fulfil strict professional
criteria, The AI Equine Trade Association has been set up to support
and monitor the interests of the growing number of individuals passing
the new, DEFRA approved AI of Equines Technicians training courses.
Jonathan Pycock MRCVS commends the introduction of the new association.
He said: 'The initiation of an AI Equine Trade Association is a
very welcome step to hopefully maintain (and in some cases improve!)
standards for those involved in the various procedures of equine
good news is that the training courses, approved by DEFRA in consultation
with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, will be running each
winter and are open to anyone, providing an excellent freelance
career option. They last from two to three days, cost from £400
and qualifiers are eligible for membership of The AI Equine Trade
Association. Membership is already international and includes stud
owners and managers, stud grooms, veterinary surgeons, veterinary
nurses and equine studies students.
further information on The AI Equine Trade Association telephone
secretary Liz Wilkinson on 01948 664966 email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the website at www.EquineAI.org