Day in the Life of a State Vet

Images from a race day with a Kentucky state veterinarian at Keeneland. A companion to the article in the June 28/July 5 edition of The Blood-Horse.

Drs. Brent Cassady, left, and Nick Smith with their vet kits head to the receiving barn where they will administer Salix and handle other vet procedures.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dr. Bruce Howard checks the legs of a racehorse running that day.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dr. Bruce Howard observes a racehorse jogging.

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Dr. Bruce Howard records information after checking legs and watching a racehorse jog.

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Dr. Bruce Howard waits to watch a racehorse jog.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A racehorse jogs under the watchful eye of Dr. Bruce Howard.

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Tack used during morning exercise sits outside a racehorse's stall.

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Dr. Brent Cassady reviews a tattoo of a racehorse running today.

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Racehorse, who shipped in and is running today, eats hay in his stall in the receiving barn.

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Dr. Brent Cassady injects Salix into a racehorse on raceday.

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Vet Bruce Howard, right, confers with other vets after morning rounds and before racing starts.

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Dr. Bruce Howard watches horses in the saddling area walk to the paddock.

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Dr. Bruce Howard walks from the saddling area into the paddock.

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Dr. Bruce Howard walking through the tunnel, and following the racehorses to the track.

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Dr. Bruce Howard watches horses warm up on the track.

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Dr. Bruce Howard, foreground right, watches as the horses load into the gate.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The load continues.

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Watching the unsaddling.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Horse and groom heading to barn after trip to spit/detention barn after race.

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Vet checks a horse's tattoo before it enters the detention barn for blood and urine testing and post race exam.

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Urine testing and processing at the detention barn after a race.

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Bloodwork drawn on horses at the detention barn.

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