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58 Pa. Code § 163.452. Duties of track veterinarians.

§ 163.452. Duties of track veterinarians.

 (a)  The veterinarian shall, in general, familiarize himself with the racing condition of the entrants and if, in his opinion, an entrant is not in condition to race, he shall notify the stewards and the racing secretary before 12:00 of the day of the race.

 (b)  The track veterinarian shall be present in the paddock before each race, and he shall inspect each entrant. If, in his opinion, an entrant is not in condition to compete in that race, he shall immediately notify the stewards, who shall order the horse scratched out of the race, and the horse automatically shall go on the veterinarian’s list, and thereafter may not be permitted to enter until the veterinarian notifies the racing secretary and the stewards that the horse is again fit to compete.

 (c)  The track veterinarian shall be attendant on the stewards and the racing secretary at scratch time each morning, and shall examine the horse that they request, and make reports to the racing officials as promptly as possible.

 (d)  An owner or trainer may not employ a veterinarian who has not been licensed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth. A licensed veterinarian desiring to practice at the race track of an association shall be approved by the Commission State veterinarian and shall list his name with the racing secretary, who shall immediately notify the Commission. The association shall warn off unlicensed veterinarians. The veterinarians shall make daily reports to the State veterinarian and to the stewards of horses under treatment by them. A violation of this section shall be immediately reported to the Commission and the stewards.

 (e)  The State veterinarian shall take samples of the saliva, urine or blood from horses as are designated by the stewards or the Commission and make the examinations and tests that may be required by the stewards and the Commission.

 (f)  A veterinarian employed by the Commission or by an association may not be permitted, during the period of his employment to treat or prescribe for a horse then on the track or which is or is about to be entered in a race under the jurisdiction of the Commission, except in case of emergency, in which case a full report shall be made to the stewards.

 (g)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this section requiring certain functions to be performed by the State veterinarian, he may delegate duties to an authorized representative, approved by the Commission, so long as the delegation is not of a duty which would under the appropriate statutes be defined as the practice of veterinary medicine.


   The provisions of this §  163.452 amended through January 22, 1982, effective January 23, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 394. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (51689).

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