veterinarians

California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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Breeders’ Cup Safety: ‘Everything That Can Be Done, Is Being Done’

The racing industry is approaching this year’s Breeders’ Cup with more anticipation than ever – not all of it positive. In the wake of a spike in equine fatalities during Santa Anita’s spring meet, safety is the top concern to those inside and outside the racing industry. Officials with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), […]

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Hagyard Settles Lawsuit With Veterinarians Over Contract Dispute

More than two years after it began, the civil suit between Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., and three of its former veterinarians has been settled. Terms of the settlement were confidential. “Hagyard is pleased to move on and looks forward to continuing to provide quality service to its clients and their horses,” said […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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National HBPA: More Than 600 Industry Stakeholders Show Support For Race-Day Lasix

A unified industry group believes banning Lasix will adversely impact the health and welfare of racehorses, as well as the strength of our industry. Today, a letter was released with more than 600 signatures in support of protecting Lasix as a choice for horsemen and veterinarians to administer on race day for the well-being of equine […]

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Santa Anita Adds New Vet Position To Safety Team, Hires Dr. Laurie Bohannon

The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27.  Santa Anita, which has led the […]

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‘A Good Way To Get It Started’: Consignors Open Dialogue With Vets, Buyers Through Rollout of Video Endoscopic Exams

Nearly everything about a yearling at a major auction can be used as a data point, but collecting that data can be taxing on the horse and potentially affect his or her value and well-being. In an effort to take a degree of strain off the horses during the showing process, a growing movement has […]

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Meet The ‘Safety Seven’: Del Mar’s Veterinarian Team Tasked With Protecting And Serving

Let’s call them the ‘Safety Seven.’ Granted, it’s not a grabber of a group name like the ‘Seven Samurai’ or the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ But the seven veterinarians on duty this summer at the behest of the California Horse Racing Board and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, under the direction of CHRB equine medical director Dr. […]

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Canadian Biosurveillance Program Launched To Promote Equine Welfare

Merck Animal Health has launched an Equine Biosurveillance Pilot Program in Canada designed to help equine clinics with diagnosis of common equine respiratory diseases. The program will also collect epidemiological information on the main respiratory pathogens across Canada. This information can then be disseminated to the equine industry to promote knowledge of the ever-evolving nature […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Always Knew I Loved Animals’

For Kaila Sereg, her first experience working at the racetrack was a winning one. Kaila, who was an integral part of Rillito’s Equine Wellness Program came in with the will to learn the veterinarian side of the racing industry. However, throughout the six weeks of racing in Tucson, Ariz., she gained a vast amount of […]

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