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AAEP “On Call” Veterinarians to Assist Spring Thoroughbred Racing Telecasts

Media-trained equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ “On Call” program will support another season of live Thoroughbred racing on the major television networks. Now in its 18th year, “On Call” is designed to deliver accurate veterinary information to broadcast and print journalists regarding the health of the equine athlete.

AAEP “On Call” veterinarians will assist the following spring racing telecasts as well as the Triple Crown:

March 22: Lane’s End Stakes and Rushaway Stakes – Dr. Rhonda Rathgeber at Turfway Park.

March 29: Florida Derby – Dr. Tom Brokken at Gulfstream Park.

April 12: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes – Dr. Scott Hopper at Keeneland Racecourse; Arkansas Derby – Dr. Milton McClure at Oaklawn Park; and Holy Bull Stakes – Dr. Tom Brokken at Gulfstream Park.

April 19: Coolmore Lexington Stakes – Dr. Alan Ruggles at Keeneland Racecourse.

Triple Crown: Dr. Larry Bramlage.

AAEP “On Call” veterinarians also are available to discuss horse health issues outside of the live racing telecasts. For assistance, please contact Sally Baker, AAEP director of marketing and public relations, at sbaker@aaep.org or (859) 233-0147.

Since the founding of “On Call” in 1991, more than 30 AAEP members have volunteered their time and expertise to the program. Offered during all live network racing as well as arena events such as the AQHA World Championship Show, over 75 events are supported by an “On Call” veterinarian each year. The program is made possible in part by an annual donation from Oak Tree Racing Association.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse.

Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.


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