A recent letter from the New York Board of Veterinary Medicine could cause problems for equine therapists and trainers throughout the state's racing industry, according to a report from Thoroughbred Daily News. The regulatory board stated in a letter from earlier in April that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) may only be used by veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
PEMF, which is more commonly known by names of machine manufacturers such as Magna Wave, is a machine which sends electromagnetic pulses through the body through a pulsating hose which is gently laid across the appropriate part of the horse. The therapy is designed to stimulate cellular activity to aid in fatigue recovery and as a holistic approach to overall health. It is equated by many horsemen to vibration plates, cold salt-water spas and other non-medication therapies.
Currently, equine therapists and trainers are permitted to use PEMF and the therapy is permitted so long as it is not within 1-2 days of a race (depending on the jurisdiction). Both told the TDN they worry the therapy will disappear if its use is limited to veterinarians, who are unlikely to spend the 45 minutes to an hour it takes to administer one session.
Attorney Alan Foreman told the TDN he will “seek clarification” on the wording of the letter, which states PEMF is used for treatment of illness or injury and therefore should be used by veterinarians and their technicians only — an assertion Foreman and the New York horsemen dispute.
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