Track Vet Speaks Out Against Medication Overuse

by | 05.17.2014 | 10:11am

In a story on NBC News, track veterinarian Kate Papp detailed her “agonizing career choice” to treat Thoroughbreds with a variety of medications, including painkillers, to keep horses running.

“Every day, I almost quit,” said Papp. “Anything that they can give the horses – whether it be legal, illegal, even non-necessary substances – they will do … in an attempt to have a winner or improve their horse.”

The industry recently came under fire after an undercover investigation from PETA highlighted the widespread drug use in the barn of one of the nation's top trainers. After a series of injury incidents involving herself, Papp stepped away from the racetrack and opened her own private practice in New Jersey.

“I had to step aside in order to help myself sleep at night,” Papp said, noting that she no longer treats injuries prohibitively, only treating them as they occur.

Read more at NBC News

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