The CEPEF4 (The Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Equine Fatalities 4) is starting now!

We, the CEPEF4 team, are a group of 5 Veterinary Specialists in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, with strong interests in horses, mortality and morbidities. We have also the invaluable support of our IT team.

The CEPEF2 study still stands as the largest observational study of equine fatalities. Equine Anaesthesiology has evolved in the intervening 18 years, but fatalities still occur. This is why we strongly believe that an update is now appropriate. Click here to access the video by the main author of the CEPEF2 Mark Johnston.

The project was presented at the Spring Meeting 2020 of the AVA, which took place in Dublin. You can see a video of the presentation here. We have also published two letters in Equine Veterinary Journal and Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia to present the project. You can read them here. We presented our preliminary results at the Spring Meeting of the AVA, in Napflio (Greece), and the national congress of the Spanish Society of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (SEAAV), last May 2022.

The preliminary results have been also published in the open access journal Animals. You can download and read the paper in this link.

We have created a digital, user-friendly questionnaire for use on a smartphone, tablet or laptop designed for collecting anaesthetic and horse-related data. The form and instructions for filling in it are in this link.

We thank the Kate Borer-Weir Memorial Fund of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists for supporting us. Also, we are very grateful to The Horse Trust for funding the IT support of the project.

Do you need more information? If you want to join us, please, complete this form. These centres are already collaborating with CEPEF4!!

The project started on the 1st November 2020. We have collected until today more than 38,500 cases from 93 collaborating centres from all over the world!!