Horsemen invited to attend veterinary symposium in Maryland

The North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians this year is inviting horsemen to attend its spring symposium, which will be held April 9-10 in Hunt Valley, Md.

The two-day agenda begins Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and continues Friday with a full day of lectures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dr. Nick Meittinis, a NAARV member who is part of the Maryland Veterinary Group based in Laurel, Md., reached out to the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to gauge if members would be interested in attending. The agenda includes many topics relevant to trainers.

"This is a professional veterinary meeting, but we are opening it for horsemen to attend due to its high quality and relevance to horse racing," Meittinis said. "There is no (continuing education) in place for horsemen to attend but my idea is to provide a framework upon which horsemen's groups can build."

The cost to attend is $250 per person. Horsemen can register and view the complete agenda and other details at The symposium will be held at Hayfields Country Club.

Among the topics are soft-tissue injuries of the pastern; treatment of injuries sustained on the racetrack; lameness measurement in racehorses; the possible role of thyroxine in sudden death in racehorses; legal issues tied to recent positive tests; and a discussion about 24-hour administration of Lasix. There also will be a presentation and update on the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities.

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