The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced that Barrie Grant, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, has joined its National Horse Racing Advisory Council.

The council is composed of industry professionals and specialists who actively promote higher animal welfare standards within the scope of their involvement in horse racing.

Since its formation in June of 2016, the council has been directing most if its time and resources in advancing federal medication reform legislation that would put an independent, non-financially-conflicted third-party player in charge of setting the rules regarding the medicating of horses. The HSUS said Grant’s extensive experience as a veterinarian with racetrack experience will assist the council in making decisions to best protect the welfare of equine athletes.

Grant has been an equine veterinarian for more than 50 years and has been an official California Horse Racing Board veterinarian since 2009. He is board certified in surgery, was a surgeon and partner at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, and is the author or co-author on more than 100 review papers mainly on surgical procedures and exercise physiology. He was part of the team that developed the surgical technique for treating cervical spinal cord compression. Grant is a lifelong member of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“I am hopeful that my lifetime of experience with the sport of horseracing and the diagnosis, treatment, management and pathogenesis of the medical conditions of athletic horses will enrich the perspective of the Humane Society of the United States National Horseracing Advisory Council,” said Grant. “It is humbling to be included with the other board members who all bring their special talents, time, and dedication to making racing a sport we all can take pride in.”

Council chairman Joe DeFrancis added, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Grant to the … National Horseracing Advisory Council. The primary purpose of the council is to facilitate the flow of information and knowledge between the horse racing industry and HSUS, so that the industry and HSUS can work together with maximum effectiveness to solve problems and address important issues concerning the welfare of the equine and human athletes who are the cornerstone of the sport and business of horse racing. Our goal is to have the council comprised of knowledgeable and experienced individuals who represent every aspect and segment of horse racing.

“The knowledge and expertise that a veterinarian of Dr. Grant’s experience and stature brings to the council will be invaluable, and I know I speak for each member of the council when I say how excited we are to have the benefit of his participation.”