Vet Instrumental in Paynter’s Recovery Weighs in on Colt’s Successful Return to Racing
The crowd at Hollywood Park cheered loudly as Paynter crossed the finish line last week with a decisive victory in an allowance race, thus completing a remarkable and improbable comeback from life-threatening illness. Laura H. Javsicas, VMD, DACVIM of Rhinebeck Equine could not be prouder of her former patient. “Paynter looked fantastic, and it was clear how much he enjoys racing. It was so rewarding to see him doing what he does best and to see the Zayat family's reaction. Bob Baffert did a great job bringing him back,” said Dr. Javsicas.
The charismatic 4 year old stallion made winning this race look easy, but just last summer the horse nearly lost his life. “Paynter had severe acute colitis and developed secondary problems including signs of acute laminitis and an area of infection in the cecum that required surgical resection at the University of Pennsylvania,” recalled Dr. Javsicas. The veterinarian led a team that provided intensive care for Paynter for a month, and her dedication paid off with his amazing recovery. Paynter's owner, Mr. Ahmed Zayat, paid tribute to the doctor by inviting her to accept the 2012 National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Moment of the Year award at the Eclipse Awards in January, 2013. “It was such an honor to accept the award on Mr. Zayat's behalf and as a representative of the many people that contributed to his treatment and recovery. The public support throughout Paynter's ordeal has been overwhelming,” said Dr. Javsicas.
Dr. Javsicas is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine, a specialty requiring an additional four years of training after graduation from veterinary school. Dr. Javsicas currently practices at Rhinebeck Equine LLP, in Rhinebeck, New York, where she leads the hospital's Medicine department.