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new veterinary import conditions for all racehorses permanently imported into hong kong

New Veterinary Import Conditions for All Racehorses Permanently Imported into Hong Kong

Veterinary Department

Hong Kong Jockey Club

objective

Objective

The Stewards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club have decided , from 1 July 2002, to enforce compulsory veterinary screening to attempt to identify actual or potential problems in horses prior to import into Hong Kong; and therefore protect owners from receiving horses with pre-existing problems.

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Pre-export veterinary examination

1. to be organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club's appointed shipping agents and conducted by veterinary surgeons in the country of export who should be suitably qualified and not connected with the horse in any way.

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2. to be performed during the month prior to the horse's entry into Hong Kong pre-export quarantine.

part i 5 stage vetting
Part I - 5 stage vetting

A standard 5-stage examination:

l Preliminary examination (at rest)

l Trot-up (in-hand)

l Strenuous exercise (ridden)

l Rest period

l Second trot-up and examination

-The horse MUST undergo the ridden strenuous exercise examination for proper evaluation of its wind, heart and action.

conditions not acceptable for import into hong kong
Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong
  • a. Blind in one eye
  • b. Cryptorchid (“rig”)
  • c. Wobbler syndrome/ Neurological problem e.g. EPM
  • d. Persistent lameness
  • e. Previous history of epistaxis (EIPH)
  • f. Previous history of heart irregularity
  • g. Previous history of any neurectomy (“denerving”)
conditions not recommended for import into hong kong
Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong Kong

a. Vices- crib biting, weavers, box walker, wind sucker, etc

b. Hoof quarter crack, chronic hoof distortion and poor foot conformation

part ii radiographic examination
Part II- Radiographic examination
  • 42 X-ray images of stifles, hocks, knees, fetlocks and front feet.
conditions not acceptable for import into hong kong8
Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong

Sesamoid Fractures

Articular bone fragment(s) causing lameness

Laminitis

Advanced degenerative joint disease

Bone cyst depending on location and severity

conditions not recommended for import into hong kong9
Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong Kong
  • OCD lesion depending on location and severity
  • Fractures depending on location and severity
  • Ring bone
part iii endoscopic examination11
Part III- Endoscopic examination

Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong:

  • Complete laryngeal paralysis (“Roarer”)
  • Ethmoid haematoma
  • Persistent dorsal displacement of soft palate
  • Pharyngeal/ laryngeal developmental anomalies e.g. deformed palato-pharyngeal arch, hypoplastic epiglottis, etc
  • Epistaxis (EIPH)

Conditions NOT RECOMMENDED for import into Hong Kong:

  • Entrapped epiglottis
part iv ultrasonographic examination
Part IV- Ultrasonographic Examination
  • Both foreleg tendons and suspensory ligament with branches to be examined by ultrasound scan.
  • Conditions NOT ACCEPTABLE for import into Hong Kong:
  • pre-existing tendon or suspensory injury with core lesion or fibre disruption or enlargement
blood test for analgesic drug
Blood Test for Analgesic Drug
  • A blood sample will be taken after the 5 stage vetting to test for Non- Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID).
  • This is to ensure that the horse has not been under “pain relief” drug during the veterinary examination.
pass fail
PASS/ FAIL
  • Should a difference of opinion occur between the primary examining veterinary surgeon and the Club's appointed second opinion veterinary surgeon, then all findings MUST be forwarded to the Club. The findings will be evaluated by the Club's Veterinary Surgeons who will discuss them with the (intended) owner and the (intended) trainer, following which a decision will be made on whether or not to import the horse.