Veterinarians Discuss Medication Rules at Ohio Meeting

Five vets shared their views on racehorse testing and medication issues an Ohio State Racing Commission meeting.
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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

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