Can Sport Horse and Racehorse Practice Be Ethical?: The Horse 3/2/17

By: Maureen Gallatin Nearly 400 veterinarians considered this question during a 3 1/2-hour panel discussion, reaching a consensus of, “Absolutely, yes. Practice can and should be ethical, even in the sport horse or racehorse world.” But it’s not always easy. The pressures applied by trainers or owners can be substantial. Earlier in the day, at

AAEP Panel Examines Possible Research Paths for EIPH Treatment: AAEP

As part of its strategic initiative to protect the health and welfare of the racehorse, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a list of research topics identified by an expert panel as central to the goal of understanding exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. The identified topics will help determine future research priorities in the investigation

Racetrack Vet Group Takes Proactive Approach: The Blood-Horse 2/8/16

By: Tom LaMarra An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of medication reform efforts. Dr. Clara Fenger, secretary of the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, outlined the group's efforts

WHO Opposes Global Control of Ketamine: The Horse 1/5/16

By: Pat Raia The World Health Organization (WHO) has opposed a Chinese United Nations (U.N.) delegation request of the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs to place a commonly used anesthetic and analgesic, ketamine, under international control. The Chinese delegation made its request—which would restrict veterinarians’ ability to access it—in March 2015 on grounds that ketamine

Methocarbamol (Robaxin) Threshold/Treatment Protocols: 10/8/15

Press Release The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently suspended trainer Graham Motion for five days and fined him $500 for a medication overage involving the winner Kitten’s Point in Keeneland’s Bewitch Stakes. Kentucky officials determined that Kitten's Point had a methocarbamol (Robaxin) level of 2.9 nanograms per milliliter of blood when tested following the race.

Regulatory Veterinarians Meet to Discuss Critical Issues in Racing 12/5/2014

NEWS RELEASE December 5, 2014 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 REGULATORY VETERINARIANS MEET TO DISCUSS CRITICAL ISSUES IN RACING 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

RMTC Gives Final Approval for Multiple Violation Penalty Model Rule 7/19/13

NEWS RELEASE July 19, 2013 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC GIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATION PENALTY MODEL RULE The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has given final approval for a Multiple Violation Penalty (MVP) model rule and has forwarded it to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI)

RMTC Board Recommends Therapeutic Withdrawal Times, Grants First Interim Lab Accreditation 3/21/13

NEWS RELEASE March 21, 2013 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC BOARD RECOMMENDS THERAPEUTIC WITHDRAWAL TIMES, GRANTS FIRST INTERIM LAB ACCREDITATION At its March 19 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors adopted recommendations for thresholds and withdrawal times for four therapeutic medications identified by the Association

RMTC Board Makes Therapeutic Withdrawal Recommendations, Announces Upcoming…11/15/12

NEWS RELEASE November 15, 2012 Contact: Hallie Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC BOARD MAKES THERAPEUTIC WITHDRAWAL RECOMMENDATIONS, ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CORTICOSTEROIDS CONFERENCE At its November 13 meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors addressed a number of important initiatives including therapeutic medications, laboratory proficiency, corticosteroid regulation and penalties for rule