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Horse Race at Pomona-Fairplex in 2009 taken by Dr. Jennifer Durenberger

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 12 PM – 12:50 PM (EST)
This webinar is part of the Animal Matters Seminar Series presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger Speaker: Jennifer Durenberger, DVM, JD
Jockey Club Steward at NYRA (The New York Racing Association)

There are any number of reasons why regulating a business at the local level is sound policy. But is the treatment of the racing equine athlete one of them? Do anatomy and physiology change when a horse crosses state lines? Should therapeutic treatment depend upon the horse’s condition, or which condition book has the next race circled? Should pari-mutuel customers need to factor in which testing laboratory will be doing post-race analysis when placing a wager?

If we agree that the welfare of the horse and the integrity of our sport are our top priorities, one set of uniform best practice rules makes sense. And to help ensure their uniform application, a broader regulatory approach is necessary. This lecture will discuss some of the context behind the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (H.R.1754) from a regulatory veterinarian’s perspective.

Featured Photo: Taken by Dr. Jennifer Durenberger at a horse race at Pomona-Fairplex in 2009

Made possible by the generous support of Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund

About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research-driven policies, programs, and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.

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