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African Horsesickness Vaccine shortage to be resolved soon.
Owners, Trainers and Breeders will be pleased to know that the shortage of AHS vaccine currently being experienced, will be over soon. A letter has been distributed by Onderstepoort Biological Products advising that the vaccine will be available again in October. The letter also says that the reason for the shortage is the extensive upgrading and modernisation of the OBP infrastructure and equipment. This is good news! We look forward to the improved vaccine production service.
The National Horseracing Authority is obviously aware of the vaccine shortage. Because there is some vaccine still available, trainers are encouraged to make every effort to vaccinate the horses in their care according to the rules. If Trainers are not able to vaccinate their horses because they are unable to obtain vaccine, they should notify the NHA Senior Veterinarian, Dr Dale Wheeler. Trainers do however, have until the end of the year to vaccinate. On the brighter side, it is still the winter period during which AHS is not around so the threat the disease at this time is not great.
To read the letter from OBP, click here
Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances.
The Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances document provides a list of substances with the classification of these into classes (Class 1 to 5) related to the considered severity of the finding of the particular substances in a horse on race day. The list is inclusive of the local veterinary and human substances considered most important in treatment, or of particular concern, within horseracing in South Africa. The Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances document provides a guide to the penalties to be imposed associated with the prohibited substances considered in the Classification of Prohibited Substances document.
These documents were approved by the NHA Rules Committee on 8 April 2014 and the NHA National Board on 24 April 2014.
Phenylbutazone has now been rescheduled as a Schedule 7 substance by the Department of Health. This implies that no person may acquire, use, possess, manufacture or supply phenylbutazone. This makes phenylbutazone a substance which is forbidden in racing. According to the NHA Classification of Prohibited Substances, a forbidden substance is a Class 1 substance. It must be noted that phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone are therefore listed as Class 1 substances and not Class 4 substances, which normal NSAID’s are.
The Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances can be accessed from the menu items in both the Laboratory and Veterinary sections above.
Report Cheating and Corruption
Do you have any information or know anything about any illegal activities, cheating or any other malpractice involving racing? If so, please contact the Investigating Officer on 011 683 9283 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org