Trainer Gerard Butler disqualified from racing for five years

Gerard Butler disqualified from racing for five years having admitted all seven charges against him. The Newmarket trainer attended a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority last month, and they have announced Butler admitted to all seven charges against him relating to samples of an anabolic steroid found in horses in his care.

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BHA tightens Rules on Prohibited Substances

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced an amendment to the Rules of Racing which means that a trainer may be charged if certain prohibited substances are administered to horses in their care or control, without the requirement for a positive sample to have been obtained.

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BHA updates Ringworm certificate of non-contagiousness

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has updated its Ringworm – Certificate of Non-Contagiousness, to include all licensed UK products for the treatment of ringworm. Norofulvin oral paste and granules have been added to the list, and the dose required for treatment with Imaverol has been included.

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Next Firearms Course

The ARVS are running a firearms course on the 21st November, near Redditch in Worcestershire.

The course is aimed at all those who use firearms in practice, and at racecourses. The course will cover safe handling, maintenance, storage and use of firearms.

For further details of the course please access the Members Area and the section on Courses/Events.

Ray Williamson Memorial Award

The Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons is offering a Memorial Award to celebrate Ray’s life and remember him.  This will be to honour a veterinarian who, like Ray, works quietly and enthusiastically in racing, but may not necessarily receive recognition for their endeavours.  If you know someone suitable for this award, please contact an ARVS Committee member or contact us at .

We will award a trophy and a travel voucher to the recipient at the Casualty Management Seminar, held each year in late November/early December.