New ringworm certificate required from 1st December

From 1st December, if you are taking a horse previously affected by ringworm to the racecourse, a new form must be used to certify that it is no longer contagious. The form can be found on the BHA website here [and at the link at the end of this article.] The differences from the old certificate are:

  • The certificate is now valid for 14 days, rather than 30
  • The certificate now requires a stamp from the veterinary surgeon that is signing the certificate
  • The horse’s microchip number is now required
  • Section A: a diagnosis for the non-contagious dermatitis is now required
  • Section B: the BHA will now accept fungal culture and PCR results, in addition to fungal microscopy
  • Section C: the word ‘prescribed’ has been removed (as Imaverol is a POM-VPS, and may be obtained by a trainer without a vet’s prescription)
  • Section C: the vet is now signing to say that he/she has examined the horse post-treatment, and there is no evidence of active ringworm in his/her opinion. On the old-style certificate, the vet was signing to say that they were prescribing treatment (but not that the horse had been treated)

There is also a minor rule change in the pipeline relating to ringworm. The modification is to rule (C)31 such that a horse “which appears to be affected with any form of ringworm may be withdrawn.” Arguably this reflects how the rule is being applied now. The rule change is effective from 1st January 2018.