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Emergency Services Protocol/Equine Rescue Fund
The Emergency Services Protocol (ESP) was established to set a national guideline for all those involved with large animal rescue after several reported incidents of horses dying slowly and painfully because of delays in receiving appropriate veterinary care. This was not through a failure of veterinary or emergency service support, but rather through a lack of clarity about responsibilities and procedures.  
 
The Protocol includes a nationwide directory of equine veterinary practices equipped to assist the emergency services in incidents involving horses or large animals.  
 
The ESP was established by The British Horse Society, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), the Chief Fire Officers Association, and the Association of Chief Police Officers and was launched by HRH The Princess Royal in May 2007. 
 
BEVA is currently working with the Chief Fire Officers Association to reach a consensus on nationally-agreed techniques for large animal rescue, which will improve safety for fire crews and vets and safeguard the welfare of animals involved in accidents. 
 
BEVA has since set up an Equine Rescue Fund to cover veterinary fees in specific circumstances where the owner cannot be traced - often a contributory factor in veterinary care being delayed. Thanks to generous donations from the equine world, the fund is able to finance a number of initiatives, including an awareness-raising DVD, and specialist rescue training for vets. 
 
To make a donation to the Equine Rescue Fund, please telephone BEVA on 01638 723 555 or download a form from the BEVA website: http://www.beva.org.uk/taxonomy/term/113
 
Contact: Anne Catchpole
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