Roles Of Race-Day Veterinarian Vast And Varied

A veterinarian is always in attendance during the Triple Crown races, and the Kentucky Derby is no exception. While hoping he or she is never needed, they are always at the ready should a horse get injured or fall ill.

Equine surgeon Dr. Keith Latson is the on-call vet for all three Triple Crown races for 2017: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Though one of his roles during these races will be to check each equine athlete's fitness on race day, he has another large task before him: Educating the media and the public about any health issues or injuries the horses racing on that day may have.

In addition to these vast roles, Dr. Latson may also assist horses in need of medical attention throughout race day.

A member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Dr. Latson's practice is based in Southern California and focuses Thoroughbred racehorses. He is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified in surgery from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Latson also provides surgical and professional services for nonprofit Thoroughbred retraining and retirement organizations in the Southern California area.

Read more at WDRB.

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