Vet Services Manager for 2014 WEG Organizing Committee Appointed

Vet Services Manager for 2014 WEG Organizing Committee Appointed

Laurent Cellier, sports director of the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee, and Dr. Anne Couroucé-Malblanc, veterinary services manager of the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee

Anne Couroucé-Malblanc, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECEIM, has been named the veterinary services manager of the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee, the group tasked with organizing the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France. With little more than 500 days to go before the start of the competitions, the horses' health and welfare remain the organizers' primary concern.

Couroucé-Malblanc specializes in equine internal medicine, but it was her keen interest in sports medicine that led to her involvement with national and international level sport horses. She holds an extensive knowledge of national and international health authorities and has long been involved in networks and associations such as the Association of French Equine Veterinarians and RESPE (the National Equine Epidemiological Surveillance Network).

"It's great to be able to participate in this major sporting event for top-level sport horses," Couroucé-Malblanc said. "In 2014, we have the immense honor of organizing this event in Normandy, France, and of showcasing the professionalism and expertise of French equine veterinarians. A major international gathering of this sort demands flawless organization and a close working relationship with the equine sector, veterinarians, health authorities, and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)."

In her role, Couroucé-Malblanc will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring and preventing health risks in conjunction with the shipping agent and with national and international authorities;
  • Creating a "veterinary care map," by site and by discipline (with details of teams, qualifications, equipment, emergency management, etc); and
  • Anti-doping controls and the relevant resources to allow testing under the authority of the FEI.

During the games, Couroucé-Malblanc will be in the field, managing a multidisciplinary team and making split-second decisions along with the delegations' veterinarians and various authorities.

"We've been looking forward to her arrival on the team and we can now prepare the all-important veterinary side of the event," said Laurent Cellier, sports director of the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee has selected Peden Bloodstock as the official shipping agents for competition horses. Peden Bloodstock will be responsible for organizing international air transport for horses. The company will also handle all related logistics, customs, and health formalities for all of the horses, equipment, and attendants. In addition to their FEI passport, participants must have a specific health certificate for the event which will be approved by health authorities globally. Peden will be responsible for the planning and implementation of these highly specialized transport, health, and logistics aspects of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014.

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