American Association of Equine Practitioners President David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, on Monday issued the following statement in response to the announcement of federal charges filed by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York against 27 individuals alleged to be involved in a Thoroughbred racehorse doping scheme:

“(Monday’s) indictments of five AAEP-member veterinarians are concerning and disappointing to our association and the countless equine veterinarians who provide medical care to racehorses in an ethical manner.

“The AAEP’s Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee has been informed about the federal charges, and our internal review process will soon begin to ensure a fair and thorough evaluation of the events. The AAEP’s authority, however, is limited only to membership status in the association.

“It is the ethical obligation of AAEP members and all veterinarians to adhere to the highest standards in order to protect the racehorse and the integrity of the sport.”