EVA: Racing Vets Put Hearts Into Caring for Horses

Equine Veterinarians Australia takes a look at what goes on behind the scenes with racehorse practitioners.

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Equine veterinarians make essential contributions to the racing industry through the care and rehabilitation services they provide to Thoroughbred horses, Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) said.

Rachel Salz, BSc (Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, a senior associate veterinarian at Randwick Equine Centre, in New South Wales, Australia, and an EVA member, said equine veterinarians are vital to racehorses’ health and welfare.

“Looking after performance horses is similar to looking after elite athletes,” she explained. “The priority is keeping these animals at absolute peak health and fitness, both physically and mentally. Horses are examined daily after gallop work for evidence of musculoskeletal pain or inflammation so that any injuries are detected early and are treated and rehabilitated appropriately before becoming a welfare or performance limiting issue.”

Salz also said the veterinary industry has come a long way with technological advancements

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