One of HBLB’s statutory functions is to apply Levy income for purposes conducive to the advancement or encouragement of veterinary science or veterinary education.
In the last 53 years, HBLB has funded some £55 million of equine veterinary science and education with the aim of improving the health and welfare of the racing, breeding and rearing of the Thoroughbred horse. This investment has led to significant advances in the understanding, prevention, treatment and management of a wide variety of diseases, injuries and issues affecting the Thoroughbred.
A series of articles have been published in Equine Veterinary Journal and these are now available free in a virtual issue online: HBLB's Advances in Equine Veterinary Science and Practice Review Series.
HBLB is advised on its veterinary investment by the Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC). The VAC also consults representatives of the racing industry and the equine veterinary profession to identify the research scope and priorities for the benefit of the Thoroughbred.
HBLB funding of equine veterinary science and education ensures the availability of the knowledge and skills that are essential to the health and welfare of the horses on which the racing industry ultimately depends.