veterinarians

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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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: An Eye On Equine Wellness

Elisabeth Carter has been riding horses as long as she can remember. She has competed in rodeos since junior high all the way to the collegiate level and has competitively barrel raced for over ten years. She currently serves as vice president of the Southern Arizona Barrel Racing Association. Carter also trains her own horses […]

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Laminitis May Be As Common As Colic, Research Shows

While many horse owners are aware of the laminitis risk for horses in spring and fall, new research suggests that laminitis is a year-round threat. Laminitic episodes occur in 10 percent of horses a year and less than one-quarter of affected horses show the rocked-back stance typically associated with the disease. Britain’s Animal Health Trust […]

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Veterinarian, Welfare Advocate Looks Back In New Memoir ‘My Friend, The Horse’

Equine welfare and the global monitoring of horse diseases are critical areas of concern in the horse world. But 35 years ago, when Irish veterinarian Dr. Alex Atock began his first job in regulatory veterinary medicine as a racing official, he would not have guessed that one day his lifelong affection for horses would impact […]

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