Published: 07/01/2013 09:43:49
aht vets provide scientific support for london 2012
Our team of equine vets and researchers played a crucial role in maintaining the health of the Olympic competition horses, not just during the games in the summer but in the years running up to London 2012.
Our Equine Centre aims to provide expert scientific support for the horse industry and equine welfare, along with optimal diagnostic and treatment services.
This is achieved by providing leading scientific support for the health and performance of horses – from elite competition horses to companion ponies. We frequently provide scientific advice to the equine sports industry, including the British Equestrian Federation, British Dressage, British Showjumping, British Eventing and World Class Performance.
We are incredibly proud to have provided direct scientific advice on performance improvement to the Olympic team, drawn from years of expert research into repetitive loading injuries of elite competition horses. This enabled our vets to advise on optimal training regimes for Team GBR, designed to prevent injury and maximise performance.
Specifically, our research into the risk factors for injury in dressage horses and elite show jumping horses played a significant role in keeping this year’s Olympic horses in best form.
Our Senior Orthopaedic Advisor, Dr Rachel Murray, worked as Assistant Vet to the Olympic team during London 2012. She is one of several Animal Health Trust staff members whose years of research and training advice assisted in Team GBR’s fantastic Olympic results. Rachel said: “It is an amazing credit to everyone involved with the Olympics to see years of hard work resulting in so many medals, and more importantly preventing injuries”.
We have also undertaken in depth studies into arena surface properties and how when best managed, they can limit injury in horses. As a result we had a direct involvement with LOCOG advising on the design and maintenance of the Olympic equestrian arenas.
In addition to providing expert advice on management and health, we have a clinic with world experts in lameness, poor performance and diagnostic imaging. For more information, please visit the Equine Referrals website.
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