Veterinary Input to the Control of Horse Racing in Hong Kong by 9yic0Lo3


									New Veterinary Import Conditions for All
 Racehorses Permanently Imported into
              Hong Kong

                        Veterinary Department
                        Hong Kong Jockey Club

The Stewards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club have
decided , from 1 July 2002, to enforce compulsory
veterinary screening to attempt to identify actual or
potential problems in horses prior to import into
Hong Kong; and therefore protect owners from
receiving horses with pre-existing problems.
           Pre-export veterinary examination

     1. to be organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club's
     appointed shipping agents and conducted by veterinary
    surgeons in the country of export who should be suitably
     qualified and not connected with the horse in any way.
2. to be performed during the month prior to the horse's
   entry into Hong Kong pre-export quarantine.
Part I - 5 stage vetting

   A standard 5-stage examination:
   l Preliminary examination (at rest)
   l Trot-up (in-hand)
   l Strenuous exercise (ridden)
   l Rest period
   l Second trot-up and examination
   -The horse MUST undergo the ridden strenuous exercise examination
     for proper evaluation of its wind, heart and action.
    Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong

l a.    Blind in one eye
l b.    Cryptorchid (“rig”)
l c.    Wobbler syndrome/ Neurological problem e.g. EPM
l d.    Persistent lameness
l e.    Previous history of epistaxis (EIPH)
l f.    Previous history of heart irregularity
l g.    Previous history of any neurectomy (“denerving”)
Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong Kong

   a. Vices- crib biting, weavers, box walker, wind sucker, etc
   b. Hoof quarter crack, chronic hoof distortion and poor foot
          Part II- Radiographic examination

l   42 X-ray images of stifles, hocks, knees, fetlocks
    and front feet.
Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong

  Sesamoid Fractures
  Articular bone fragment(s) causing lameness
  Advanced degenerative joint disease
  Bone cyst depending on location and severity
Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong Kong

   l   OCD lesion depending on location and severity
   l   Fractures depending on location and severity
   l   Ring bone
Part III- Endoscopic Examination
              Part III- Endoscopic examination

Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong:
l Complete laryngeal paralysis (“Roarer”)

l Ethmoid haematoma

l Persistent dorsal displacement of soft palate

l Pharyngeal/ laryngeal developmental anomalies e.g. deformed

  palato-pharyngeal arch, hypoplastic epiglottis, etc
l Epistaxis (EIPH)

Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong
l Entrapped epiglottis
          Part IV- Ultrasonographic Examination

l   Both foreleg tendons and suspensory ligament with branches to be
    examined by ultrasound scan.

l   Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong:
l   pre-existing tendon or suspensory injury with core lesion or fibre
    disruption or enlargement
          Blood Test for Analgesic Drug

l A blood sample will be taken after the 5
  stage vetting to test for Non- Steroidal Anti-
  inflammatory Drug (NSAID).
l This is to ensure that the horse has not been
  under “pain relief” drug during the
  veterinary examination.
             PASS/ FAIL

– Should a difference of opinion occur between
 the primary examining veterinary surgeon and
 the Club's appointed second opinion veterinary
 surgeon, then all findings MUST be forwarded
 to the Club. The findings will be evaluated by
 the Club's Veterinary Surgeons who will
 discuss them with the (intended) owner and the
 (intended) trainer, following which a decision
 will be made on whether or not to import the
Tendon Injury
Stifle Bone Cyst
Fractured Sesamoid
Suspensory Ligament Injury

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