Horses competing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy have top-class care available to them at the on-site veterinary facilities operating at all venues on a 24/7 basis.
Each of the five competition venues has its own dedicated veterinary clinic, each of which is supported by three top class referral clinics specialising in equine internal medicine, fractures and the treatment of colic.
The referral clinics, which are being used in case treatment is required offsite, are located within easy travelling distance and horses are transferred by equine ambulance.
Each clinic is furnished with a full range of diagnostic equipment including x-ray and ultrasound machines, and endoscopes.
Each facility includes a minimum of five treatment boxes as well as a specific stable for any horse that may require more extensive monitoring. A team of five specialist imaging veterinarians, who are available for expert assistance and support, is on duty at each clinic.
In addition, each facility houses a pharmacy stocking a wide range of veterinary supplies and full laboratory equipment. An external laboratory is also available in case further diagnostic testing is required.
An equine anti-doping facility, where sample collection for anti-doping testing is taking place, is located on each site, along with a forge manned by three expert farriers.
In addition to these outstanding services, a world-class team of equine veterinary experts is on hand.
A total of 65 treating veterinarians, 26 FEI veterinary officials, two veterinarians in charge of limb sensitivity testing, and seven testing veterinarians who are supported by nine testing technicians, are officiating during the Games.
The official vets are supported by 50 veterinary students and, in addition, 176 personal and team veterinarians who have accompanied the horses competing in Normandy throughout the event.