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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 50. Racing Officials

11VAC10-50-40. Licensee's veterinarian.

The licensee shall appoint a qualified person to act as the licensee's veterinarian for the race meeting. The licensee's veterinarian shall possess a full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine from the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine and shall be present within the enclosure on racing days to perform his duties. The licensee's veterinarian shall be approved by the commission and shall be designated to work under the authority and direction of the commission veterinarian. The duties of the licensee's veterinarian include, but are not limited, to:

1. Performing prerace examinations of horses entered to race on that day's program and recommending to the stewards that horses found to be unfit for racing be scratched;

2. Observing horses in the paddock and being present at the starting gate, where he can recommend to the stewards scratching any horse that he deems to be unfit for racing;

3. Observing horses after the finish of a race and upon their leaving the racing surface for injuries or lameness;

4. Rendering emergency care to horses injured either in workouts or racing when a practicing veterinarian is not readily available to perform these services;

5. Assisting the commission veterinarian in determining horses that are bleeders, either through observing the horse bleed from the nostrils after a workout or a race, by observing a private practitioner's endoscopic examination of a horse following a workout or race, or by retrieving information from other racing jurisdictions;

6. Assisting the commission veterinarian in the supervision and collection of samples in the test barn;

7. Placing horses on the veterinarian's list and observing workouts as needed to remove horses from the veterinarian's list; and

8. Being authorized to humanely destroy any horse deemed to be so seriously injured that it is in the best interests of the horse to so act.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR662-03-01 § 2.3, eff. December 19, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 15, eff. April 16, 2012.

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