As the London Olympics draw nearer, an increasing number of overseas equestrian teams are basing their horses in the UK. Some will use local practices for their veterinary care but others will also bring their team vet. Away from their practice and facilities, many of these team vets will seek to work alongside local equine practices and this can be an interesting and fruitful professional relationship for all concerned.
However, it is worth noting that if you work alongside team vets, you may also have a duty of care to the owner of the horse, even if you are merely observing what is being done. All teams' vets must be registered as practising members of the RCVS and will need to change their status if they are overseas members. There are no exemptions simply because they are with an Olympic team. You should satisfy yourself that they are registered with the RCVS and that they have appropriate professional indemnity insurance that covers the work they carry out in the UK.
All veterinary surgeons who care for potential Paralympic or Olympic horses should be familiar with the FEI Clean Sport Rules and beware of using or approving the use of any drug on the FEI Prohibited Substances List.
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