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Vets Resist Racing Vic "Jurisdiction"

Thursday, 9th December 2010

Any attempt by Racing Victoria to license veterinarians "would be a waste of time & proof of its us-against-them mentality," vet Glenn Robertson-Smith told The Herald-Sun. Providing stewards with greater jurisdiction over vets "was a proposal discussed at this week's national stewards' conference in Launceston", but Robertson-Smith (who runs a Melbourne equine practice) said RV "would gain more by collaborating with vets, rather than discussing illogical plans to change legislation to put them under the jurisdiction of RV & its stewards". He declared: "They (racing authorities) seem to have this attitude that vets are completely unregulated & that vets are responsible for positive swabs. The fact is vets are very well governed by a statutory body. Any vet who steps outside the guidelines is dealt with by the Veterinary Board & dealt with harshly. I doubt any vet has any real issue with being licensed other than the fact we are already governed by strict rules. In other words, what's the point?" Robertson-Smith added: "There is this implied belief that vets are responsible for positives, whereas it's a lack of proper consultation from RV & more sensitivity in testing equipment that is responsible for a recent spate of positives. Vets are working to a guideline book that bears little relevance at times to the real detection time of these therapeutic drugs, because the equipment used by the analyst has become more fine-tuned."

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