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1 Veterinary Officials & their role in equestrian sport Professor Leo Jeffcott University of Sydney

2 FEI and its role in equestrian sport FEI and its role in equestrian sport role of Vet Committee & Medication Advisory Group role of Vet Committee & Medication Advisory Group range of Vets at FEI Events range of Vets at FEI Events role of Event Vets role of Event Vets conflicts of interest conflicts of interest how to become an FEI Event Vet how to become an FEI Event Vet “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for official vets “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for official vets Plan for the talk

3 FEI Purpose & Principles to be the sole responsibility for all international events in the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining & Para- equestrian to be the sole responsibility for all international events in the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining & Para- equestrian that the organisation be based on principles of equality & mutual respect between all participating National Federations (NFs) that the organisation be based on principles of equality & mutual respect between all participating National Federations (NFs)

4 FEI Code of conduct The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) requires all those involved in international equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI’s Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) requires all those involved in international equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI’s Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.  At all stages during the preparation and training of competition horses, welfare must take precedence over all other demands. This includes good horse management, training methods, farriery and tack, and transportation.  Horses and competitors must be fit, competent and in good health before they are allowed to compete. This encompasses medication use, surgical procedures that threaten welfare or safety, pregnancy in mares and the misuse of aids.

5 FEI Code of conduct (cont)  Events must not prejudice horse welfare. This involves paying careful attention to the competition areas, ground surfaces, weather conditions, stabling, site safety and fitness of the horse for onward travel after the event.  Every effort must be made to ensure that horses receive proper attention after they have competed and that they are treated humanely when their competition careers are over. This covers proper veterinary care, competition injuries, euthanasia and retirement.  The FEI urges all involved with the sport to attain the highest levels of education in their areas of expertise.

6 No of NFs Growth of FEI

7 Sec. Gen. FEI President Bureau Committee Structure General Assembly ExecutiveBoard Secretariat FEI Organisation

8 Discipline Committees

9 FEI Bureau President:Princess Haya of Jordan 1st Vice Pres:S.Holmberg (SWE) 2nd Vice Pres:C.Hodson (NZL) Sec General:M.Stone (IRE) Treasurer:G.Sarmento(BRA) MembersMembers  Group Chairman:- C.Croce (ITA); H.Haring (GER); A.Machkevitch (KAZ); K.Jackson (USA); P.Mayorga (ARG); D.Ramos Baez (DOM); Khalid (UAE); D.K.Ahn (KOR); E.Holtz (RSA)  Technical Chairman:- M.Withages (BEL); S.Holmberg (SWE); R.Nicoll (USA); W.Roycroft (AUS); H.Sommerseth (NOR); J.McEwen (GBR)  Standing Cttee Chairman:- S.Brooks-Ward (GBR); K.Lalo (ISR) OfficersOfficers FEI President ‘06

10 Vet Committee founded 1966:- Vet Committee founded 1966: Chairman Prof Igor Bobylev (RUS) Chairman Prof Igor Bobylev (RUS) Chairman Dr Peter Cronau (GER) Chairman Dr Peter Cronau (GER) Chairman Prof Leo Jeffcott (GBR) Chairman Prof Leo Jeffcott (GBR) 2006-Chairman Mr John McEwen (GBR) 2006-Chairman Mr John McEwen (GBR) Vet Dept founded 1982:- Vet Dept founded 1982: Head Dr Alex Atock (IRL) Head Dr Alex Atock (IRL) 1995-Head Dr Frits Slutyer (NED) 1995-Head Dr Frits Slutyer (NED) FEI Veterinary matters

11 FEI Veterinary Department Head & Manager:- Head & Manager:- Dr. Frits Sluyter (NED) Dr. Frits Sluyter (NED) Veterinary Assistants :- Veterinary Assistants :- Miss A.Kaltenreider : all vet matters Miss A.Kaltenreider : all vet matters Ms D.Rochat : MCP / Vet Reports Ms D.Rochat : MCP / Vet Reports Miss G.Braillard: Passports Miss G.Braillard: Passports Offices:- Offices:- FEI, Ave. Mon-Repos 24, PO Box 157, 1005 Lausanne FEI, Ave. Mon-Repos 24, PO Box 157, 1005 Lausanne Frits Sluyter

12 organises vets for events (~350/year) organises vets for events (~350/year) manages MCP programme (~2000 samples per year) manages MCP programme (~2000 samples per year) administration of FEI passports (~7500/yr) administration of FEI passports (~7500/yr) liaises on international disease problems liaises on international disease problems organises updating of Vet Regs every 4 yrs organises updating of Vet Regs every 4 yrs runs Vet Committee, MAG & MCP meetings runs Vet Committee, MAG & MCP meetings liaises with Contact Vets, NFs, other FEI depts, Bureau, GA + EU, OIE & Racing Authorities liaises with Contact Vets, NFs, other FEI depts, Bureau, GA + EU, OIE & Racing Authorities Duties of Vet Dept

13 FEI Veterinary Structure Veterinary Cttee (Chairman + 5 members) Veterinary Cttee (Chairman + 5 members) Welfare Subcommittee (Chairman + 7 members) Welfare Subcommittee (Chairman + 7 members) Vet Dept (HQ in Lausanne) Vet Dept (HQ in Lausanne) Medication Advisory Group (Chairman + 6 members) Medication Advisory Group (Chairman + 6 members)

14 Medication Advisory Group Chairman: Dr Andrew Higgins (GBR) Chairman: Dr Andrew Higgins (GBR) Members: Dr Terry Wan (HKG) Dr Kent Allen (USA) Dr Yves Bonnaire (FRA) Dr Michael Duee (GER) Dr Bjorn Nolting (GER) Mr Jean Maurice Bonneau (FRA) Members: Dr Terry Wan (HKG) Dr Kent Allen (USA) Dr Yves Bonnaire (FRA) Dr Michael Duee (GER) Dr Bjorn Nolting (GER) Mr Jean Maurice Bonneau (FRA) Ex officio: Dr Frits Sluyter (NED) Ex officio: Dr Frits Sluyter (NED) Meet: Twice a year + meetings with Judicial & Vet Committees as necessary Meet: Twice a year + meetings with Judicial & Vet Committees as necessary

15 Chairman:Mr John McEwen (GBR) Chairman:Mr John McEwen (GBR) Secretary:Dr F Sluyter (NED) - Head, Vet Dept FEI Secretary:Dr F Sluyter (NED) - Head, Vet Dept FEI Members:Dr Nigel Nichols (AUS) Mr Paul Farrington (GBR) Dr Sergio Salinas (MEX) Prof Jack Snyder (USA) Dr Emile Welling (NED) Members:Dr Nigel Nichols (AUS) Mr Paul Farrington (GBR) Dr Sergio Salinas (MEX) Prof Jack Snyder (USA) Dr Emile Welling (NED) Co-opted:Dr A Higgins (GBR) - Chairman MAG & WSC Co-opted:Dr A Higgins (GBR) - Chairman MAG & WSC Invited:Ms A.Kaltenrieder - Asst Vet Dept FEI Ms D Indermuele - Asst Vet Dept FEI Invited:Ms A.Kaltenrieder - Asst Vet Dept FEI Ms D Indermuele - Asst Vet Dept FEI FEI Veterinary Committee 2006

16 reviews & update Vet Regulations reviews & update Vet Regulations establishes policy for medication & its control with the assistance of the MSC establishes policy for medication & its control with the assistance of the MSC organises training for FEI vets world wide organises training for FEI vets world wide promotes veterinary research & welfare promotes veterinary research & welfare reviews Event Vet list & encourages new recruitment reviews Event Vet list & encourages new recruitment Role of FEI Vet Committee Vet Committee in Jerez ‘02

17 list of official Event Vets maintained by FEI (but nominated by NF) list of official Event Vets maintained by FEI (but nominated by NF) from this list vets can be chosen for:- from this list vets can be chosen for:- Veterinary Delegate/Associate Delegate Veterinary Delegate/Associate Delegate President of the Veterinary Commission President of the Veterinary Commission Foreign Veterinary Delegate Foreign Veterinary Delegate Vet Delegate vs Vet Commission Vet Delegate vs Vet Commission Vet Commission for CIOs, Cup Finals, Championships & Games Vet Commission for CIOs, Cup Finals, Championships & Games Vet Delegate for all other FEI competitions Vet Delegate for all other FEI competitions FEI Event Veterinarians

18 Provides information on: FEI Secretariat/Bureau/Exec Board FEI Secretariat/Bureau/Exec Board Standing Committees (including Vet Committee) Standing Committees (including Vet Committee) Media Advisory Committee Media Advisory Committee National Federation addresses National Federation addresses Regional Groups of NFs Regional Groups of NFs Useful contacts Useful contacts FEI Directory FEI Directory is published every two years

19 Veterinary Delegate Veterinary Delegate Associate Veterinary Del. Associate Veterinary Del. Veterinary Commission:- Veterinary Commission:- President (NF appointed) President (NF appointed) Associate Member (NF appointed) Associate Member (NF appointed) Foreign Veterinary Delegate (FEI appointed) Foreign Veterinary Delegate (FEI appointed) Official Vets from FEI lists:- Veterinarians at FEI events

20 Testing Veterinarian for Medication Control Testing Veterinarian for Medication Control MCP in Gps I & II is the FEI appointed vet official MCP in Gps I & II is the FEI appointed vet official TVs meet once a year to debrief with the MAG and Vet Committee TVs meet once a year to debrief with the MAG and Vet Committee Official Vets from FEI lists:- Veterinarians at FEI events TV at work at the Olympics TVs at dinner after debriefing

21 Team Vets (appointed by NF) Team Vets (appointed by NF) Individual Competitor’s Private Vet (accredited by OC) Individual Competitor’s Private Vet (accredited by OC) Treating Vets (appointed by OC) Treating Vets (appointed by OC) Examining Vet for the Holding Box Examining Vet for the Holding Box Quarantine/ Dept of Agriculture Vets Quarantine/ Dept of Agriculture Vets Vets appointed by the National Board of Agriculture Vets appointed by the National Board of Agriculture Vet Coordinator or Vet Services Manager at Olympics & WEG Vet Coordinator or Vet Services Manager at Olympics & WEG Other Vets with official duties:- Veterinarians at FEI events Oz National Team Vet

22 Examining Veterinarian  should be experienced ‘orthopaedic’ vet  examines the horse in the Holding Box, in consultation with the Team Vet or ICPV.  reports the findings of the examination to the Inspection Committee  should not discuss the specific findings with PR,but can give opinion that the horse is unfit to compete & could be withdrawn Vet Regs 1011 para 3.4

23 Olympics - 1 Commission for 3 disciplines:- Olympics - 1 Commission for 3 disciplines:- President (usually a national of host NF) President (usually a national of host NF) Foreign Vet Del (sometimes 2 appointed - 1 for 3DE & 1 for Dressage/Jumping) Foreign Vet Del (sometimes 2 appointed - 1 for 3DE & 1 for Dressage/Jumping) Associate (usually 2 nationals - 1 for 3DE & 1 for Dressage/Jumping) Associate (usually 2 nationals - 1 for 3DE & 1 for Dressage/Jumping) WEG - 3 Commissions for 7 disciplines:- WEG - 3 Commissions for 7 disciplines:- Eventing, Driving & Reining Eventing, Driving & Reining Dressage, Jumping & Vaulting Dressage, Jumping & Vaulting Endurance Endurance Vet Commission at Olympics & WEG

24 a Team or Private Vet may not act as a Vet Del, member of Veterinary Commission or compete at an event. a Team or Private Vet may not act as a Vet Del, member of Veterinary Commission or compete at an event. Vet Del or member of Veterinary Commission may not act as a Team Vet, Treating or compete at an event. Vet Del or member of Veterinary Commission may not act as a Team Vet, Treating or compete at an event. Gen Regs Article 162, paras 6 & 7:- Conflict of Interest

25 being asked to act as a Treating Vet (e.g.CICs; Shows with National & FEI classes) being asked to act as a Treating Vet (e.g.CICs; Shows with National & FEI classes) having to make decisions on clients’ horses or having prior knowledge of a particular horse having to make decisions on clients’ horses or having prior knowledge of a particular horse acting as an advisor or consultant for a team or National Federation during an event acting as an advisor or consultant for a team or National Federation during an event Situations for official vets to avoid :- Conflict of interest - problems

26 Specific duties:- OC, FEI, GJ, Appeal Cttee, PR, Team Vet, Chef d’Equipe Specific duties:- OC, FEI, GJ, Appeal Cttee, PR, Team Vet, Chef d’Equipe Advice:- horse welfare during competition and FEI Stewards Advice:- horse welfare during competition and FEI Stewards Surveillance:- Veterinary Regulations Surveillance:- Veterinary Regulations Enforcement:- vet exams/inspections, passports, emergency response & treatment Enforcement:- vet exams/inspections, passports, emergency response & treatment Role of Event Veterinarians

27 nominated by NF and approved by FEI nominated by NF and approved by FEI different NFs have different qualifying rules and numbers different NFs have different qualifying rules and numbers need to be experienced in 1 or more FEI disciplines need to be experienced in 1 or more FEI disciplines must be able to speak at least one of the 2 official FEI languages must be able to speak at least one of the 2 official FEI languages Event Veterinarians

28 FEI Event Vet at work!!

29 Apply to your National Federation (NF) Apply to your National Federation (NF) conditions vary with NFs:- conditions vary with NFs:- in Europe work with Vet. Delegate at CI or CA in Europe work with Vet. Delegate at CI or CA outside Europe work with Vet. Del. at 3 CNs outside Europe work with Vet. Del. at 3 CNs pass this course (or contribute to my personal charity!) pass this course (or contribute to my personal charity!) learn all the FEI acronyms!! (e.g. NF, TV, ICPV, PR, MCP, CV, GJ etc.....) learn all the FEI acronyms!! (e.g. NF, TV, ICPV, PR, MCP, CV, GJ etc.....) If NF approves your nomination for 1+ disciplines  Vet Dept at FEI If NF approves your nomination for 1+ disciplines  Vet Dept at FEI Vet Cttee approves it  your name is added to next edition of the FEI list of event vets Vet Cttee approves it  your name is added to next edition of the FEI list of event vets How to become an FEI Vet

30 Eye Test for FEI Event Vets

31 Controversial issues how to get your NF to nominate you to get on the list of FEI Event Vet? how to get your NF to nominate you to get on the list of FEI Event Vet? how many Event Vets should be listed by an NF how many Event Vets should be listed by an NF how long should an Event Vet stay on the list? how long should an Event Vet stay on the list? should there be payment for FEI Vets (cf. MCP TVs)? should there be payment for FEI Vets (cf. MCP TVs)? why can’t there be standard guidelines for all Horse Inspections? why can’t there be standard guidelines for all Horse Inspections? why shouldn’t Inspections be carried out by vets alone? why shouldn’t Inspections be carried out by vets alone?

32 No. of Event Vets/NF National Federation No. Event Vets Listed

33 Contact Veterinarians one CV for each NF appointed by NF in consultation with National Vet. Authority one CV for each NF appointed by NF in consultation with National Vet. Authority objective of CV  to assist the communication between FEI & Event Vets objective of CV  to assist the communication between FEI & Event Vets CV must be: CV must be: experienced equine vet; familiar with equestrian sports; keep up with all matters relating to health and import/export. experienced equine vet; familiar with equestrian sports; keep up with all matters relating to health and import/export. FEI must provide CVs with all FEI documentation FEI must provide CVs with all FEI documentation Julian Willmore

34 be involved with OC in plans for event be involved with OC in plans for event avoid any possible conflict of interest avoid any possible conflict of interest carry copy of Vet Regs at all times carry copy of Vet Regs at all times meet with GJ and Appeal Cttee meet with GJ and Appeal Cttee meet all Team Vets and ICPVs meet all Team Vets and ICPVs regularly walk through stable area regularly walk through stable area check arrangements for Horse Inspections check arrangements for Horse Inspections walk the course before the event walk the course before the event ensure you have proper accreditation ensure you have proper accreditation “Do’s” for Vet Delegates

35 eliminate a horse on vet grounds without proper consultation with Ground Jury eliminate a horse on vet grounds without proper consultation with Ground Jury at inspections palpate horses without Ground Jury permission at inspections palpate horses without Ground Jury permission give permission for medication without a Medication Authorisation Form give permission for medication without a Medication Authorisation Form permit the use of a prohibited substance without a very good reason permit the use of a prohibited substance without a very good reason inform a PR or Chef that a horse is required for doping control unless it has finished competing inform a PR or Chef that a horse is required for doping control unless it has finished competing leave before the end of the competition leave before the end of the competition “Dont’s” for Vet Delegates

36 Conclusions the responsibilities of Vet. Delegates/Vet. Commission are considerable. the responsibilities of Vet. Delegates/Vet. Commission are considerable. in addition to experience and current knowledge of the sport, Vet. Regs. etc, the Vet. has a role as ambassador for the profession in addition to experience and current knowledge of the sport, Vet. Regs. etc, the Vet. has a role as ambassador for the profession the profile of the Vet. has been raised considerably in recent years (e.g. Atlanta)  the Vet. is being called in to assist in preventing a potential crisis rather than coping once one has occurred. the profile of the Vet. has been raised considerably in recent years (e.g. Atlanta)  the Vet. is being called in to assist in preventing a potential crisis rather than coping once one has occurred.

37 To be continued !!


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