December 5, 2014

Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848


The racing regulatory veterinarians group met today in Salt Lake City, Utah, in advance of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 60th Annual Convention, to discuss a number of issues critical to the horse racing industry. The meeting was attended by 34 veterinarians and other invitees from racing commissions across the U.S. as well as international jurisdictions.

Updates were provided by key industry figures regarding risk assessment utilizing the Equine Industry Database, proposed medication regulations moving through the Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rule process, and use of the International Racing and Intelligence Service System. Group discussion topics included mortality review panels, compounding, implementation of uniform medication regulations, and emerging threats.

The RMTC and AAEP sponsored this meeting as part of their annual commitment to bring together regulatory veterinarians to discuss and address equine health issues that pertain to the integrity of the sport.

“This annual meeting represents a tremendous opportunity to discuss matters of common interest,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. “It has evolved into a major continuing education event from which regulatory veterinarians, the horse, and racing benefit.”

The racing regulatory veterinarians group consists of commission and association employed veterinarians from jurisdictions throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.

For additional information, visit the RMTC website at or contact Hallie Lewis, RMTC director of communications, at (859) 224-2848.