Welcome to ARVS

The Association aims to promote and safeguard the safety and welfare of horses at race meetings and to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas on the management of injury and disease on racecourses.

To learn more about the Association, you will find news, details of our events, useful information and advice, as well as valuable file downloads, details of the current Committee members and all the contact details you need to get in touch with us at the ARVS.

Requirements to be a Racecourse Veterinary Surgeon

Information on the criteria to be met to be a Racecourse Veterinary Surgeon can be found here.

Latest Racehorse health research news available on HBLB Racehorse Health blog.

Casualty Management Seminar 2021

The Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons (ARVS) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have together reviewed the content of the Casualty Management Seminar (CMS) to ensure the forum is delivering current and appropriate training for veterinary surgeons that provide race-day services. The revised training focuses more heavily on practical sessions designed to teach and refresh race-day appropriate skills. The changes to the format mean that it is necessary for all veterinarians requiring accreditation to work on a British racecourse or point-to-point course to attend both days of the CMS. This BHA requirement is regardless of whether or not the veterinarian is attending the CMS for the first time or for subsequent re-accreditation.

The Covid -19 pandemic resulted in a large number of veterinarians missing the opportunity to attend the CMS at their five-year renewal. The BHA put in place a dispensation scheme to manage this situation and allow for continuity of race-day services. That scheme will now be brought to a close as soon as practically possible and any racecourse vet that has not attended the CMS within the last 5 years, once given the opportunity to do so by ARVS, will no longer be eligible to work on a racecourse. A list of veterinarians requiring re-accreditation is held by the BHA and ARVS will ensure that those who are most of out of date will be offered places first.

The CMS will run at Aintree Racecourse on 18th and 19th October 2021, bookings are being taken by ARVS Secretary Claire Cook who can be contacted at secretary@arvs.org.uk.