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Racing Victoria: Medicare for Horses program to prevent devastating injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses

Victoria’s Pioneerhorse medicareThe program saved dozens of racehorses from devastating injuries in its first year.

Since Racing Victoria introduced the program in mid-2021, more than 200 racehorses have undergone advanced imaging. The program covers half the cost of various scans and encourages trainers and owners to use them for early detection and prevention of injuries.

Thirty-five horses were found to be potentially seriously injured, so the owners were able to come forward by reducing their workload, stapling them for a period of time, or providing medical treatment.

The RV’s general manager of veterinary services, Grace Forbes, said being able to identify potential hazards early helps “horses have longer racing careers and finish racing in good health and fitness.” , said it could potentially save a horse’s life.

“Victoria has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world, but that doesn’t stop us from working to improve it and reduce more serious injuries,” she said.

Considered a world first, the program saves owners and trainers as much as $1600 per scan and gives them access to computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and scintigraphy (bone scan) technology. will be

RV also provides subsidies of up to $300 for professional veterinary appointments and up to $200 for overnight hospital stays, if needed.

Dr Forbes said it was “really fun” to see trainers large and small, both metro and rural, take advantage of Medicare for horses in their first year.

“The great story is when someone says, ‘Without this subsidy, this kind of advanced imaging would have been out of my reach,'” she said.

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mike Moloney used this scheme to order scintigraphy scans for a 5-year-old mare, Tokolangi.

“She was given time in the paddock and treated after returning home and has remained in excellent health ever since,” he said.

“Medicare for Horses will provide trainers and veterinarians with additional tools to help them make better diagnoses and get horses back into racing.”

Forbes said the RV will soon expand to make the program more accessible by acquiring a second permanent CT scanner and Australia’s first equine positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. Victoria acquired the nation’s first standing CT scanner in 2019.

Equine Medicare is built on the world-leading $11.5 million Equine Limb Injury Prevention Program (ELIPP), which was launched in Victoria in 2018, she said.

Sponsored by the RV, the University of Melbourne and the Government of Victoria, ELIPP brings together mechanical engineers, bone biologists, veterinarians and data scientists to advance our understanding of equine injuries.

“If we can understand how an injury occurs, we can provide guidance to trainers on what they can do to prevent it,” she said.

Since 2001, all Melbourne Cup competitors, including international horses, have been required to undergo pre-competition scanning before and after traveling to Australia.

The new documentary Here for the Horses, hosted by AFL Premiership player Josh Gibson and featuring star jockey Jamie Carr, explores the topic of horse welfare in Victoria’s Thoroughbred horse racing industry.

Available to stream on 7plus, it airs on Channel 7 on September 22nd at 10:00pm and October 1st at 10:45am, and on Racing.com Channel 78 on September 25th at 8:00pm.

samantha.landy@news.com.au

first published as Racing Victoria’s horse racing Medicare program off to a good start

Racing Victoria: Medicare for Horses program to prevent devastating injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses

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