Liver fluke guidance for equine vets


The impact of liver fluke infection on the welfare of horses is an AWF funded project currently underway at the University of Liverpool, led by Professor Diana Williams. Liver fluke is a common parasite of sheep and cattle in the UK, but although preliminary evidence suggests that it occurs regularly in horses, there is a lack of advice on its diagnosis, treatment and prevention. As part of the project and with additional support from Norbrook, the research team has produced an Equine liver fluke leaflet summarising the current diagnostic and treatment options for equine fasciolosis. The Liver Fluke project will establish how common the infection is as a cause of unexplained liver disease in horses, define the clinical syndrome associated with liver fluke infection to help improve diagnosis, provide advice to vets and horse owners and generally raise awareness of liver fluke as a diagnostic differential in cases of chronic liver disease.