The International Equine Federation (FEI) will require veterinarians who work at FEI events to obtain an ID card by passing an online test that focuses on the FEI Veterinary and Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulation, the federation reported today.
The system, which goes into effect on June 1, 2012, will require competitors’ private veterinarians, team veterinarians and treating veterinarians appointed by organizing committees to pass the online exam on the relevant FEI regulations affecting veterinarians who support horses at competing FEI events. Both the exam and ID cards are free through the FEI website.
The International Equine Federation introduced the ID card system to ensure a consistent level of understanding and interpretation of current regulations, said FEI veterinary doctor Graeme Cook.
Existing FEI official veterinarians, including veterinary delegates, testing veterinarians and head treatment veterinarians, are exempt from the examination requirement, providing they download their ID cards before the end of the year.
The cards include Quick Response (QR) codes to allow FEI officials and stewards to check the identity of veterinarians using a smartphone.
Veterinarians must fulfill the FEI eligibility requirements to apply for access to the exam through their national federation. Upon completing the exam, veterinarians can download their ID cards from the FEI website.