An equine veterinarian representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) On Call program will assist NBC Sports with horse-health information during the May 5 and May 6 live racing telecasts at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Keith Latson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will be on hand to provide timely health reports to the media regarding the athletes in the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Latson is a private surgical and performance equine consultant, focusing on yearling to racing-age Thoroughbreds. He holds a BS in biomedical science, a BS in veterinary science, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. He received his board certification in surgery from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006 and has been practicing equine medicine and surgery for 15 years.

Latson has published and presented several peer-reviewed scientific papers related to equine surgery. He received the Equine Student Clinical Proficiency Award from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and the James M. Wilson Award for Outstanding Research by a graduate student or resident from the Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis. Latson is actively involved in equine nutrition research with the Texas A&M and Montana State universities.

The On Call program serves all nationally televised equestrian events. Nearly 20 AAEP-member veterinarians in the United States and Canada share their veterinary expertise as On Call representatives. The program received the 2008 Special Eclipse Award for its contributions to Thoroughbred racing.

The AAEP, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through more than 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research, and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.