FEI Vets to Provide Guidance on Hong Kong Olympic Conditions

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a workshop to provide guidance in preparing equine athletes for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. The event, organized by the FEI's welfare subcommittee, will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 16-18, 2008.

The objective of the workshop is to promote the health and welfare of the horses by making the information collected at the August 2007 test event available to all FEI officials, veterinarians, riders, Chefs d'Equipe, and others.

"It is vital that the FEI is fully proactive in providing the necessary information to ensure that competitors and National Federations are well informed to enable them to prepare their horses optimally for the challenging climatic conditions that they will face in Hong Kong," said Andrew Higgins, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, chairman of the welfare subcommittee. "The Workshop will enable the leading scientists and veterinarians in the field to share all available information with stakeholders. This is an important and timely meeting.'

The program will include the following presentations:

  • Setting the scene--John McEwen BVMS, MRCVS, Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee;
  • Overview of facilities and local arrangements--Chris Riggs BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, head of Veterinary Clinical Services, Hong Kong Jockey Club;
  • Understanding the weather situation in Hong Kong for the Olympic Games--the results of a two year study with the Hong Kong Observatory--Professor Leo Jeffcott MA, BVetMed, PhD, FRCVS, DVSc, VetMedDr, University of Sydney, Australia, veterinary delegate for the 2008 Olympic Games;
  • Air conditioned facilities and cooling stations--David Marlin BSc (Hons.) PhD, David Marlin Consulting Ltd, Newmarket, U.K.;
  • Results of horse monitoring--Catherine W. Kohn VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences The Ohio State University, U.S.;
  • Horse transportation logistics--Martin H. Atock, managing director, Peden Bloodstock, Leyenburg, Rheurdt, Germany.

There will be a question and answer panel discussion following the presentations. For more information see the FEI Web site.  

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