The Racehorse: A Veterinary Manual. Written by one of the UK’s leading equine veterinary practitioners, this textbook is dedicated wholly to the veterinary management of the racehorse.
The Racehorse: A Veterinary Manual
The Racehorse: A Veterinary Manual brings together all the major orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions likely to be encountered in racehorse practice and concisely details state-of-the-art ‘best practice’ for diagnosis and management strategies. The book spans the full range of fields relevant to the clinician including topics as diverse as rehabilitation, respiratory medicine, exercise physiology, pre-purchase and ‘herd health’. Well-illustrated and comprehensive, it succeeds in being both practical and firmly evidence-based, making it an invaluable resource for clinicians world- wide as well as a useful reference work for many non-veterinarians in the racing industry.
The primary aim of this book is to provide a practical and objective source of veterinary information, pertinent to the Thoroughbred racehorse, that is accessible to both the racehorse and non-racehorse clinician. It is also hoped that others within the industry interested in veterinary matters will find it a useful reference work.
While there are several excellent texts available on equine orthopaedics and sports medicine, information relating to racehorses is fragmented and sometimes contradictory. Many conditions are poorly serviced by the literature, and descriptions of even those common to other equine disciplines frequently fail to take account of practicalities of management peculiar to the racing industry. Racing practice is a very particular blend of population medicine and highly focused individual care and is a specialism in its own right.
THE Thoroughbred racing industry is now more than ever a globalized affair. Transport and communication links that have made the world a smaller place for travel and business have had an equally profound effect on racing and breeding activities, as well as the veterinary advances that support them. While regional variations in disease and injury will always exist, clinicians in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia largely face the same challenges in respect of maintaining the health and well-being of racehorses under their care.