Five veterinarians presented their views on testing and medication issues at an April 28 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, held in Columbus.

Early in 2015, the OSRC began listening to presentations from a wide variety of individuals concerning the development of model medication rules based upon scientific and fact-based analysis.

John Piehowicz, DVM, who treats racehorses at his Cincinnati-based clinic, said “the welfare of the horse must come first,” mirroring the mindset of the other veterinarians in attendance.

“I believe Ohio’s policy is the most humane for treating horses,” Piehowicz stated. “While uniformity is desirable, it is not practical. Currently I can help horses, but if we change to the RCI and RMTC (Association of Racing Commissioners International and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium) rules, I can no longer effectively treat racehorses with safe, (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)-approved medications. We need a published curve based on real world information and rational decisions based on creditable research. The use of some medications, such as clenbuterol, allow racehorses to live comfortably.”

John Reichert, DVM, who practices on Standardbreds at Woodland Run clinic in Grove City, Ohio, added, “I commend the OSRC in the direction they are going regarding medication policies. In Ohio we’ve had 122 positives from 12,000 tests in the past year, which is less than 1%. That says to me there are relatively few positive tests in Ohio and that the majority of people—vets and trainers—are playing by the rules. The hot issues with the RCI-RMTC