US vet alliance formed to help ex-racers

Patricia Hogan VMD, ACVS
Patricia Hogan, VMD, ACVS, a renowned equine orthopedic surgeon who has cared for some of the top racehorses in the country including Smarty Jones, serves on the board of the TRF and a member of its Veterinary Liaison Committee.

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 >>

6 thoughts on “US vet alliance formed to help ex-racers”

  1. The article, the Chemical Horse: Drugs in Horse Racing by Jane Allin is a must read for anyone that wants to stop the cruelty The information this contains explains a lot about why a young horse would drop dead after a race of a heart attack. The drugs they are kept pumped full of just to keep them on their feet running their hearts out for greed. Every paragraph is a eye opening revelation of what is being done to these animals on a daily basis. And the bad part is a lot of this is perfectly legal. The breeders nor the racing industry does not care one thing about the horses they are responsible for bringing into the world. They look on the horses as a means to a end to bring in all the cash they can and then dump them at a auction to be sold for slaughter. All the while the horse meat eating loons in Europe gobble down some of the most contaminated meat in the world and ask for second helpings. I commend these hard working Vets for all they do for these very special horses to try to mend the atrocities that has been done to them.

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  2. THESE 4 LEGGEDS SACRED SPIRITS RUN THERE HEARTS OUT FOR MANKIND TO FILLUP HIS WALLETT AND EMPTY POCKETS, AND THEN THEY ARE TOSSED ASIDE AS TRASH WHEN THEY CAN NO LONGER FILL THAT POCKET BOOK,MANKIND IS THE MOST DISGUSTING SPECIES ON THIS PLANET,HORSES HAVE HEARTS SOULS, AND BLEED JUST AS YOU DO, THEY BREED, AND HAVE FOALS, COLTS AND BABIES, JUST AS YOU DO,THEY CRY OUT, JUST AS YOU DO,WHEN WILL MANKIND AWAKEN TO THE TRUTH OF ALL THAT IS,OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES OF TIME,MANKIND KILLS EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES, I AWAIT EARTH MOTHERS REIGN TO CLEANSE AND PURSE MANKIND ASAP, SO NO MORE TORTURE OF OUR SACRED ANIMAL KINGDOMS WILL BE,OKCHA =AWAKEN 2011 GHOSTDANCERS

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  3. Thank you so so much US Vet Alliance. Your work is to be praised. And thank you for recognizing how deserving these beautiful thoroughbreds are!!!

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  4. This is wonderful News for Our retired Race Horses, being around these wonderful horses I know that they are so deserving of this type of Organization, Thank You to all who helped put this together, there are going to be soon very Happy and wonderful race Horses getting the care they so much deserve i say Bravo !!! They give there all to racing and I do believe that they love to Race…………………………………. This is a Huge Plus !!!!!!

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