News & Updates
Professor Tim Morris has been elected an affiliate member of the Association of Racing Chemists, the membership body of individuals of those concerned with the detection of drugs in racing animals.
Another thoughtful and provocative article from fellow vet Mark Johnston, one of the UK’s leading horseracing trainers. Here, he both continues his longstanding challenges to the continuing use of raceday drugs in some parts of the world, but also point out that even some of the claims of effect used to justify their use are not definitely proved.
The SABRE Awards, which recognise Superior Achievement in Branding Reputation & Engagement, now attract more than 2,000 entries from across the EMEA region each year, and provide the premier showcase for the best that public relations has to offer. PLMR, where Professor Tim Morris is a Non-Executive Director is one of the five companies shortlisted for the EMEA Public Affairs Consultancies of the Year
Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests. Professor Tim Morris, from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, commented: “Antibiotic misuse needs curbing for many reasons, and the findings in this paper are important where the drugs are being misused. "“However, without undue complacency, these findings should neither distract from more pressing priorities to curb antibiotic use, nor be inappropriately misused on wider questions over agriculture in the UK.”
The Horse Trust, the world’s oldest equine charity, hosted a debate with key industry members to discuss how continued UK membership of the EU, or a UK exit from the EU would affect the UK’s horse sector. Representatives from across the equine industry attended the debate which was led by Professor Tim Morris and a group of panellists with a varied experience of the equine sector; EU and domestic animal health and welfare policy and regulation, enforcement, import and export, trade agreements, disease risk and movement/border controls. The event was reported in Horse & Hound magazine, the Thursday 26 May 2016 edition.
Horse and Hound Magazine discussed the next steps after the UK vote to leave the EU with industry experts including Professor Tim Morris. Click here to read the article.
Livestock attacks on sheep are devastating to all affected. As part of his work on Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Professor Tim Morris is working with SheepWatch UK to better educate, prevent and prosecute these incidents. Click here to read the article in Farmers Guardian.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, meeting the RBST Chair of Trustees, RBST Trustee Professor Tim Morris, together with members of the Suffolk Horse Society, at the 2106 Royal Norfolk Show.
The Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA), the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, and the Exmoor Pony Society are working together on the Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project to characterise the full genome of the of the Exmoor pony and to measure genetic variation within sub-populations of the Exmoor Pony breed to help with the management, understanding and breeding of this iconic moorland pony. ENPA recently hosted a public meeting, chaired by RBST Vice-Chair Tim Morris, where Dr Sarah Blott, of the University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine & Science gave the following presentation - “How genetic science can help conserve and sustain the Exmoor pony”: Listen and see her presentation here.
Neil Parish MP, with Sue Parish, Lady Oaksey, Will Lambe and Tim Morris beside Lord Oaksey’s statue during a visit to The Injured Jockey Fund's Oaksey House in Lambourn, Augusts 2016. This was part of a visit to Lambourn and Newbury to see how British racing cares for both its human and equine participants.
Professor Tim Morris has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to the veterinary profession. Fellowship is the highest status of membership of the College. The aim of the new Fellowship initiative is to advance and develop clinical and professional standards by providing a resource of independent knowledge for the benefit of the veterinary profession, the scientific community, and the general public as a whole.
The International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians was held in October 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay. This conference brings together the world’s experts on animal sport anti doping and medication control. Professor Tim Morris presented at the conference, more information at www.icrav2016.com
The 2016 World Horse Welfare Conference on November 10th at the Royal Geographical Society in London explored the theme of ‘The Invisible Horse’ through a range of influential speakers, a discussion panel and three ‘Charity in Action’ presentations. The discussion panel was chaired by Olympic gymnast, presenter and World Horse Welfare Patron, Suzanne Dando-Reynolds and debated the role of charity in equine welfare in the UK with panellists including; international event rider, Harry Meade, Labour MP, Angela Smith, Member of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Tim Morris, magazine Editor, Louise Kittle and World Horse Welfare Chairman, Barry Johnson MRCVS.
To view the 2016 WHW conference on Youtube Click Here - discussion panel is at 3:07:30.
With Defra’s wider focus on Biosecurity, the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, working with the Equine Sector Council, held an event on 25th October 2016 to focus defining and communicating a small number of key messages and standards that have a proven value in equine biosecurity. With an introduction from Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, and chaired by Professor Tim Morris. Speakers addressed topics including: What we can learn on biosecurity behaviours from other animal keepers; The value of increasing national herd immunity; What is the reality of approaches to disease control across mutli-occupancy horse yards: What happens now, and are biosecurity risks managed: How to spread the word on biosecurity across all levels of equestrianism? Click on image to read article.
A literature review published in Veterinary Record looks at the evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy in livestock. They report that there is insufficient evidence for homeopathy as a way to prevent or treat infectious diseases in livestock. Look at the Science Media Centre expert reaction to this literature review on efficacy of homeopathy in livestock, including a contribution form Professor Tim Morris.
RTE's Radio 1 Drivetime Program reports on issues with the regulation of greyhound racing in Ireland including discussing the review commissioned from Scientialis by the Irish Greyhound Board into Anti-Doping and Medication Control. Listen to the clip of this discussion aired on 07/12/16
Ireland's state broadcaster Primetime documentary program examines the Irish Greyhound Industry, including doping control & the Scientialis Report.
Prof. Tim Morris, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, comments on the study ‘Modelling the impact of curtailing antibiotic usage in food animals on antibiotic resistance in humans’ which suggests just curtailing the volume of antibiotics consumed by food animals has little impact on the level of resistance in humans, that reducing the rate of transmission of resistance from animals to humans may be more effective and that the rate of transmission from humans to animals should be considered.
Tom Kerr in the Racing Post on 14th April 2017: “…They say one swallow doesn’t make a summer but we have now had five of them and it appears as if the work to safeguard Grand National has been a massive success. This is a great credit to those who worked on the review: from the BHA Jamie Stier, who chaired the group; inspectors of course Richard Linley and Chris Denis; former head of racecourse Fraser Garrity; former director of equine science and welfare Tim Morris; racecourse licensing executive Rob Hartley; and, from Aintree, clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch. There farsighted and thorough review may have saved the race from an excruciating death.” Click here to view full article.
Scientialis has been engaged in extensive work for those it supports on the implications for the UK leaving the EU. There are particular challenges for the equine industry and Scientialis has been providing support & anaysis across the industry. In May the company was instrumental, with partners, in arranging for the Thoroughbred Industries of Britain, France and Ireland to discuss the challenges and solutions with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. To read the article in Thoroughbred Oners & Breeders magazine Click Here
The All Party Group for Animal Welfare keeps UK MPs and Peers informed about animal welfare issues and to develop potential legislation that lifts standards. Regular meetings and events provide an opportunity for those with a common interest in animal welfare to meet and debate their views. Professor Tim Morris is honoured to be asked to be an Independant Advisor to the APGAW
Proud to have been associated with the hugely successful introduction of grazing livestock in London's Royal Parks. All credit to Tom Davis, Farm Manager of Mudchute City Farm whose sheep include Esmerelda, the Southdown Sheep bred by Tim & Lynn Morris. The rare breed & native sheep were the stars of the show! Photo includes Rare Breeds Survival Trust colleagues, Food Writer Hattie Ellis, Chef Cyrus Todiwala, Butcher Callum Heckstall-Smith and Mudchute trustees. 24/08/17
The Animal Health Trust is the key part of the UK’s equine health surveillance and research programme. Defra Minster Lord Gardiner visited the Trust to hear about this programme in August 2017, with British Horseracing staff and Professor Tim Morris.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has launched its National Genebank Appeal to save Britain’s native breeders of Livestock. This project aims to store genetic material from 25 examples of each of these native breeds. RBST vice chair Professor Tim Morris is pictured with Parliamentary guest Neil Parish MP at the launch.
Professor Tim Morris was formally presented with his Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to the veterinary profession at the recent awards ceremony. Fellowship is the highest status of membership of the College.
RTE’s Claire Byrne Live featured Doping in the Irish greyhound industry on 18 Sept 2017 with extensive references to Irish Greyhound Board report, commissioned from Scientialis by the Irish Greyhound Board into Anti-Doping and Medication Control and written by ‘world anti-doping expert’ Professor Morris.
The 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards took place Whittlebury Hall near Towcester, Northamptonshire on Tuesday 28 November PIFA worthy winners were announced by Professor Tim Morris from the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England. 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards
The proceedings of he International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians was held in October 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay have now been published. This conference brings together the world’s experts on animal sport anti doping and medication control. Professor Tim Morris’s presentation can be found here.
The 2018 International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians was held in March at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This conference brings together the world’s experts on animal sport anti doping and medication control. Professor Tim Morris both participated and presented original research.
The Sustainable Food Trust held a conference in April 2018 to set out and debate the opportunities and consequences for farmers in a post-Brexit environment. Watch the session chaired by Professor Tim Morris on developing small abattoirs for animal welfare and local economic benefits.
Irish Minister of State Andrew Doyle, who has special responsibility for the Greyhound sector, has brought leglisation to the Irish government to improve governance and tighten regulation in the greyhound racing sector. This draft Bill addresses governance issues in Bord na gCon, strengthens regulatory controls in the industry, updates racing sanctions and improves overall integrity. It includes the welfare of greyhounds as one of the statutory functions of Bord na gCon and provides it with powers to make regulations in relation to anti-doping, administration and traceability for both integrity and welfare purposes. TheBill reflects recommendations for legislative change made in the Indecon Report, the Greyhound Report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine and in the Morris Review of Anti-Doping and Medication.
Australia has responded to the real challenges to the integrity of domestic and international sport in the last 5 years. Professor Tim Morris spoke at the first major conference on this topic in Australia Across the board in structures, people, powers and vigour Australian sport is making big changes that should make sports regulators around the world sit up. A range of new, more independent bodies have been created, and smart people hired to lead them. Laws have been changed, statutory codes introduced, police powers made available, and most of all they are working hard and fast on addressing the risks.
Minister of State at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., presented the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 to the Irish Cabinet on 2nd October 1018. The Bill will improve governance procedures and strengthen regulation in the greyhound racing sector. The Bill reflects recommendations for legislative change made in the Indecon Report, the Greyhound Report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Morris Review of Anti-Doping and Medication.
Detailed guidance to thoroughbred breeding and industry participants on what to do as the UK leaves the EU has been produced in November 2018 by Scientialis working for the industry.
The EU contract for Promoting alternatives to animal testing through the development of eLearning tools for Directive 2010/63/EU has been awarded in December 2018 to a consortium of experts, led by Flaire Learning, together with Scientialis, LAST Ireland and Pop-Up Studios.
The standard theriogenology text for veterinary students, Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics has been thoroughly updated in its 10th edition, published November 2018, to include normal reproduction and reproductive disorders, as well as diseases in the common and less common domestic species. This includes two new chapters on smaller mammal species kept as pets, such as rodents and rabbits with Professor Tim Morris as senior author.
Scientialis is delighted to be proving wider international perspectives for the Crampton Consulting Group (CCP), part of the Covetrus global animal-health technology and services group. CCP provides professional business solutions, in-house training and human resource systems to ensure best practice for Australasian veterinary practice owners.
The 14th Congress Federation of the European Laboratory Animal Science Associations taking place between June 10-13, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic, will feature updates on the progress of the EU contract for Promoting alternatives to animal testing through the development of eLearning tools for Directive 2010/63/EU from a consortium of experts, led by Flaire Learning, together with Scientialis, LAST Ireland and Pop-Up Studios.
It takes time, but good to see Scientialis’s work directly influencing legislation in Ireland. As noted in Parliamentary debate by Deputy Willie Penrose “There was also the Morris Review of Anti-Doping and Medication Control in Ireland….It made sobering reading. The necessity for proper sanctions in cases of transgressions was well documented and set out.”