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Medication Summit Concludes

Published: June 14, 2011 7:55 pm ET

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Tuesday’s second and final session of the "International Summit on Race Day Medication, EIPH and the Racehorse" at Belmont Park featured a day-long facilitated discussion during which the 72 international participants drew upon information presented in yesterday’s first session.

The Summit featured two days of extensive discussions regarding race day medications and perspectives heard from all around the world. While no recommendations were announced, areas of broad interest were identified, including options for administration of Salix, security issues, penalties, education and research.

The RMTC Board agreed that additional background information will be gathered in advance of a special RMTC Board Meeting in July to discuss next steps.

Individuals and organizations representing some 16 racing jurisdictions from around the globe participated in the Summit. The two-day event was jointly sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).

Day 1 of the Summit, designed as an informational session, was open to the public and attracted an audience of more than 180. Presenters and panelists represented an international array of veterinarians, trainers, regulators and executives. Attendees on Day 1 also received written questionnaire responses from racing officials representing 13 countries.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and Rye Brook, N.Y. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site.

The RMTC consists of 25 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.


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