Racing Victoria and University of Melbourne sign deal to increase emergency horse treatment services

Racing Victoria and the University of Melbourne have inked an agreement to provide on-call emergency veterinary services all year round.

The U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre previously provided services at places such as the Werribee quarantine centre during the spring and autumn carnivals.

U-Vet will now provide an on-call 24-hour emergency on-call service for serious leg injuries and fractures sustained during training and racing.

The agreement also extends to horses injured at private training facilities.

U-vets services include advanced diagnostic imaging and lameness investigation with equipment such as the standing CT scanner.

“U-Vet’s 24-hour year-round on-call emergency service for thoroughbred racehorses will ensure expert care is available for our horses should they sustain a serious injury during racing or training, which is an important welfare outcome,” Racing Victoria’s chief executive Giles Thompson said.

“U-Vet is one of the state’s leading equine hospitals and it will be available at all times to assist horses competing at our metropolitan tracks if there is a serious injury, importantly when racing on Friday nights and weekends.”

Originally published asRacing Victoria seals emergency vet deal

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