FEI General Veterinary course held in Trim

  • 20 June 2016, 14:59

Horse Sport Ireland recently hosted an FEI General Veterinary Course in Trim Castle Hotel which was organised by FEI National Head Veterinarian Dr. Dermot Forde MRCVS and was kindly sponsored by StableLab, the innovative Irish-based equine diagnostic company. Such courses are held to highlight the changes to FEI Veterinary Regulations which occur from time to time.


The course was open to all Official Veterinarians and Permitted Treating Veterinarians. Over 40 delegates attended from various countries such as South Africa, USA, Germany, the UK and Ireland.


The course was opened by the Chief Executive of Horse Sport Ireland, Damian McDonald who extended a warm welcome to all course participants.

The course director was Dr. Gerit Mathesen (GER) who presented various topics for discussion such as Tasks and Duties of a Veterinary Delegate, Boot Control and Limb Sensitivity. Dr. Colin Roberts (GBR) discussed Fluid Therapy, Passport Control and Anti-doping. All course participants enjoyed the interactive nature of the course.


As part of the course delegates attended the horse inspection at Tattersalls where they observed proceedings and subsequently discussed potential problems that may arise at such an event.

On Day two of the course participants enjoyed a presentation on International Movement and Transport of Horses by Dr. Des Leadon, while Dr. Heinrich Anhold and Dr. Marc Oertly explained the benefits of the Stablelab diagnostic system.


Speaking about the event Damian McDonald, Horse Sport Ireland CEO said;


“I want to thank our FEI National Head Veterinarian Dermot Forde for his initiative in organising the course and StableLab for their sponsorship. It was great to have leading FEI veterinarians Gerit Matheson and Colin Roberts as Course Directors. FEI Veterinarians have a huge role to play in ensuring the welfare of the silent partner in our sport, the horse. I also want to thank HSI staff Nadia Rea and Deimante Dunne for their work in ensuring the smooth running of the course.”



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