Vets found guilty of administering deadly cobalt doses to race horses should be banned: EVA   Leave a comment

Vets found guilty of administering deadly cobalt doses to race horses should be banned: EVA

But the group believes cobalt charges against Flemington’s Dr Tom Brennan, who has been linked to elevated readings in horses trained by Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh, should not be laid or heard by the racing industry.

Equine Veterinarians Australia believe any cases should be heard before the independent V

Equine Veterinarians Australia believe any cases should be heard before the independent Victorian Veterinary Practitioners’ Board. Source: News Corp Australia

Vets found guilty of administering potentially deadly levels of cobalt to race horses should be banned from the profession, Equine Veterinarians Australia says.

EVA president Nathan Anthony says such cases should go before an independent regulatory body — the Victorian Veterinary Practitioners’ Board.

“If vets are caught doing the wrong thing in racing or in any other area of their professional life, we want them out of the profession, not just out of one sport,” Anthony said.

“It doesn’t make sense to have two different levels and regimes of regulation.”

Racing Victoria stewards have charged Flemington Equine Clinic partner Brennan with 20 counts relating to the administration and supply of cobalt in O’Brien and Kavanagh horses that breached the cobalt threshold.

He will face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed.

Last Tuesday he answered questions during a Racing NSW hearing against trainer Sam Kavanagh, who is facing charges similar to his father.

Brennan denied his clinic posted vials allegedly containing cobalt to Kavanagh, who has been stood down from training during the hearing.

Anthony said the EVA would not comment on specific charges against Brennan because he was being investigated by the NSW Veterinary Practitioners’ Board.

But he said the group was supportive of the Australian Racing Board’s stance on cobalt, including the 200 microgram per litre of urine threshold.

“Excessive amounts of cobalt can be toxic to horses, and in some cases lead to death,” he said.

“We and all responsible veterinarians take the health and welfare of horses seriously.”

O’Brien and Kavanagh, as well as co-trainers Lee and Shannon Hope, were charged last week in relation to breaching the cobalt threshold. They will face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a later date.

All have maintained their innocence.

Originally published as Calls to ban guilty cobalt vets

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Posted June 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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