Lower cost health scans benefit horses
Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is set to introduce a rebate that will half the cost of using advanced diagnostic imaging to investigate musculoskeletal conditions in thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses, up to $1500.
The new rebate will be funded using the one per cent of race prize-money that is set aside for horse welfare facilities in the 2022 financial year. RWWA veterinary services manager Dr Judith Medd has said that the rebate will help to provide the best care to horses in training.
“Advanced diagnostic tools such as MRI and CT scans can identify subtle bone and soft tissue changes earlier than conventional techniques like radiology and ultrasound,” Medd said. “Instead of simply resting horses if an x-ray doesn’t show any reason for lameness, we can now get a better insight into the reasons behind the problem and potentially fix it. High technology can come at a high price so we’re offering to refund up to half the cost of using advanced imaging to protect the wellbeing of racehorses.”