https://aphascience.blog.gov.uk/2016/09/16/helping-to-get-the-dressage-horses-ready-for-the-paralympics/

Helping to get the dressage horses ready for the Paralympics

Read how APHA's Surveillance and Laboratory Services Department stepped in with short notice to help make sure a rather important shipment to Rio could take place.

Science at APHA is very diverse. We have surveillance projects that span more than 10 years and research projects that last anything from a few months up to several years. Many of these involve APHA's Surveillance and Laboratory Services Department. That department is involved in many kinds of testing outside of the routine projects and very recently they stepped in with short notice to help make sure a rather important shipment to Rio could take place.

Image of a cowThe team at the APHA Weybridge laboratory received a submission related to 9 horses from an equine clinic in Wales. On receipt of samples it became clear that these 9 horses were part of the Rio Paralympic dressage team.

There was very little time to get all the results reported against the required tests, but the people involved understood that if it wasn’t done, the horses wouldn’t be going to Rio.

Even though it was the August Bank Holiday, both laboratory staff and admin support pulled together to deliver the required outcome.

The equine transport team was very grateful for the very quick turn-around of the serology tests and thanked the laboratory team for their work. The team at Weybridge felt proud that they had helped ensure the 9 horses were cleared to travel to Rio.

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