The conference took place March 4-5 at Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and was presented by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance.
The morning sessions featured a panel on U.S. and international out-of-competition testing strategies. Panelists Rick Arthur, DVM, of the California Horse Racing Board; Tessa Muir, BVSc, Cert. AVP, MRCVS, of the British Horseracing Authority; and Izzy Trejo of the New Mexico Racing Commission covered subjects such as hair testing and the scope of substances that should be included in out-of-competition testing.
Then, Ashley Hill, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, spoke on scientific threshold level development and the 95/95 threshold interval. She also presented on a later panel focused on laboratory issues, including sample turnaround logistics and unknown substances. That panel also featured moderator Lynn Hovda, RPh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Minnesota Horse Racing Commission and representatives of RMTC-Accredited testing laboratories: Anthony Fontana, PhD, of Truesdail Labs; Petra Hartmann, MS, of Industrial Labs
Mary Scollay, DVM, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, spoke on the purpose and philosophy behind therapeutic medication regulations and regulating substances present in the racehorse’s environment.
Afternoon sessions included a talk led by Zoetis’ Kenton Morgan, DVM, Dipl. ACT, on adulterated substances, compounded and illegal new medications, misbranding, and mislabeling.
The event concluded with a detailed comparison of U.S. and international medication regulations. This discussion featured Muir; RMTC Executive Director and COO Dionne Benson, DVM, Esq.; and RMTC Chair and NTRA President Alex Waldrop.
“[RegVetCE] was a great reminder that we are here for the welfare of the horse, first and foremost,” said Meredith A. Steudle, DVM of the New Jersey Racing Commission. “The networking that is created during conferences like this helps us develop strategies to do our job better.”
Benson and Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance, organized the sold-out event, which attracted more than 60 regulatory and official racetrack veterinarians from 20 states and six countries.
“The 2019 Regulatory Veterinarian CE conference marked another successful event, which is evidenced by the group of attendees and significant industry support,” said Robert O’Neil, DVM, director of equine health and safety for The Stronach Group, which owns and operates Gulfstream Park. “Our sport’s equine athletes will certainly benefit from the support that continuing education provides veterinarians in the field—from developing their networks and skill sets to expanding access to critical resources. This annual gathering has become the gold standard in training regulatory veterinarians.”
Koch added, “Industry support is a critical component of the RegVetCE’s continued success. Gulfstream Park has generously supported RegVetCE, both financially and as a first-class event host, and we are grateful to The Stronach Group for their leadership on this project. The event’s financial supporters are crucial to ensuring that we continue to provide a robust program.
“We are also grateful to the racing commissions and racetrack operators for enabling the travel and participation of their regulatory veterinarians, and to our U.S. and international panelists, who provided highly thoughtful, scientific content,” he added.
The Regulatory/Official Veterinarian CE is made possible through the generous support of The Stronach Group, Keeneland Association, RMTC, NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, New York Racing Association, ALS-Truesdail, Industrial Laboratories, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, The Jockey Club, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Oak Tree Racing Association, Ohio HBPA, Remington Park Racing and Casino, and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
For an overview of all topics covered over the two-day conference, visit ntra.com/reg-vet-ce.