New funding to develop tests for the detection of small redworm parasites in horses

The Moredun Research Institute has obtained new research funding from the Horse Trust to complete the development of a blood based test for the detection of cyathostomins (small redworms) in horses.

The funding will also be used to investigate a saliva based adaptation of the test, in development at Austin Davis Biologics, the service provider of EquiSal Tapeworm testing.

Small redworm infections are extremely common. Horses with many immature worms (larvae) in their guts can develop severe colitis, which can be fatal.

In this collaborative project, Professor Jacqueline Matthews from Moredun will work with Austin Davis Biologics and Professor Martin Nielsen at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky.

Professor Matthews said: “We are delighted to have received this funding; the future availability of these tests will revolutionise the way in which veterinarians approach small redworm control in horses.”

Dr Corrine Austin, of Austin Davis Biologics, added: “We are very pleased to be working on this exciting project. The new tests will enable horse owners to work with their veterinarians in targeting treatments against encysted cyathostomin infections.”

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