TRAINERS, stable staff and veterinary surgeons are invited to attend an equine anti-doping and medication control seminar on Monday (November 21st) at 5.30pm in the offices of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at the Curragh. There is also an option to watch online.

The seminar builds on those previously delivered by the IHRB under the heading ‘Prohibited Substances – Managing the Risk’.

A spokesperson for the IHRB said: “Following over 18 months acting as authorised officers under the animal remedies legislation we want to share our experiences and assist industry participants to understand their responsibilities in the use of equine medicines.”

As previously, this session is primarily aimed at trainers but it is also of relevance to veterinary surgeons treating horses in training, stable staff, and others with an interest in how the IHRB fulfils its role to protect the integrity of racing in Ireland in relation to the use of medicines.

The seminar will cover what is involved in an inspection carried out by IHRB authorised officers and using equine medication responsibly. Common pitfalls will be highlighted and there will be an opportunity to put questions to Dr Lynn Hillyer, the IHRB’s chief veterinary officer.

Also present will be IHRB senior veterinary assistant Colleen Murphy, and Department of Agriculture veterinary inspectors Dr Ellen Hegarty and Dr Caroline Garvan.

Places are limited in the IHRB offices and access online will be restricted to those who have pre-registered.