February 15, 2014

Proposed uniform national horse-racing reforms spell out new model medication guidelines, a penalty system designed to target individuals with multiple medication violations, and a requirement for laboratory accreditation and participation in an industry external quality assurance program. Approval by all 38 U.S. horse-racing commissions would be needed.

Practice

The American Association of Equine Practitioners unveiled a new program called AAEP Touch to help members improve their businesses, during its Annual Convention, held Dec. 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn. The convention was also an occasion for debate of current issues in the horse industry and cutting-edge continuing education.

Community

Some college students in Alaska will be able to complete two years of veterinary education in their home state starting in fall 2015 and finish their studies in Colorado. Under an agreement signed Dec. 19, 2013, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks will accept 10 veterinary students into its new veterinary medicine department each year, and students who complete those years will be able to transfer to Colorado State University.