A major US thoroughbred retirement organisation has formed a national veterinary alliance through which approved charities can access free vet care for former racehorses.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation said the National Equine Veterinary Alliance consists of professionals who have agreed to provide free veterinary care to former thoroughbred racehorses from non-profit organisations that have been registered with, and approved by, the foundation.
The foundation acknowledged the issue of thoroughbred retirement remained a major area of concern to racing supporters, and the industry’s inability to get a handle on it was a frequent source of sharp criticism from the public.
The alliance’s mission is to promote a beneficial and co-operative outreach program to the rescue/adoption organisations providing aftercare to ex-racers.
Patricia Hogan, a veterinarian who is on the foundation board and a member of its Veterinary Liaison Committee, said: “Rescue and adoption organizations are doing all that they can but are strictly limited in most cases to private monetary donations, and the goodwill of local veterinarians and vendors.
“The foundation would like to bring some structure and organization to this problem, provide an avenue for veterinary assistance for these organizations, and at the same time, shine a positive light on the veterinary professionals already working hard to help transition these horses.” Read more at HorseTalkNZ >>