Statement from the American Association of Equine Practitioners regarding the new Thoroughbred Safety Coalition
“As doctors of veterinary medicine, the AAEP commends the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition for its wide-ranging initiatives to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes,” said 2019 AAEP President Dr. Jeff Berk. “Everyone in the horse racing industry shares responsibility for safety, from veterinarians and trainers to breeders, owners, racetracks and state regulators. The focused and collaborative effort of the Coalition promises meaningful safety reforms in the years ahead.”
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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 more than 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.