Thursday, May 03, 2018

FEI, WEG and New Rules That Affect Veterinarians - Full Artice

This year has brought—or will bring—many changes to the FEI rules governing international equine sports that affect veterinarians and their clients. EquiManagement and Kindred Bio will bring you behind-the-scenes health and veterinary news leading up to and during WEG Tryon 2018.


Top competitors in every discipline are focused on advancing to the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The event will take place September 11-23. Veterinarians who care for horses at this level need to be aware of changes in regulations that occurred January 1, 2018, or that will take effect July 1, 2018.

Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA, is president of the Veterinary Commission I for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. He also is a Course Director for the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). He teaches the veterinary courses. Every veterinarian who serves as an official for the FEI must take this course every four years.

This is also true for endurance veterinarians as of early 2018. “Endurance vets used to have to take the test every two years,” he explained. “As of the last couple of months, they only have to take it every four years. The FEI hasn’t been able to get that word out very well yet...”

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