NSW Supreme Court Grants Injunction to Racing Veterinarians

The Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW), Austrlia, granted an injunction to five equine veterinarians providing service to Thoroughbreds in training for racing.

The five equine veterinarians applied for a delay in the Jan. 15, 2014, implementation date of a Racing NSW plan to license veterinarians treating Thoroughbred racehorses in training.

The judge ruled in favor of the five equine veterinarians, the plaintiffs in the case. They will not be required to be licensed to treat Thoroughbred racehorses in training until the full case is argued on 4 February 2014.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomed the decision.

“Our members remain adamantly opposed to the proposed licensing regime,” said AVA President Ben Gardiner, BVSc, CMAVA. “It conflicts with their obligations under the Veterinary Practice Act and establishes a second unnecessary licensing regime. Veterinarians are already licensed and regulated by the NSW Veterinary Practitioners’ Board.”

The NSW Veterinary Practitioners’ Board and Racing NSW are currently negotiating to reach a solution that does not involve an additional license for veterinarians.

“The AVA has always sought a negotiated alternative and we remain optimistic that agreement can be reached by Jan. 15, 2014,” Gardiner said.

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