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On-site veterinary medical evaluation and care of working dogs and horses at the 2012 Republican National Convention

By J. A. Chatfield, R. Dewell, A. J. Miranda, S. Wilcox, T. J. Vannieuwenhoven

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Objective - To describe on-site veterinary medical care for working dogs and horses deployed for the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla, August 24 to 30, 2012. Design - Retrospective case series. Sample - 130 dogs and 45 horses. Procedures - Data collected included breed, age, history, task assignment, reason for evaluation, and physical examination findings. A patient encounter report was recorded each time an animal was seen by veterinary staff for a physical evaluation. Results - 46 of the 130 (35%) dogs and all 45 (100%) horses underwent at least 1 on-site veterinary evaluation, for a total of 478 patient encounters. The most common reason for an on-site veterinary evaluation was a wellness check (446 patient encounters). On the basis of veterinary recommendations, 1 dog and 4 horses were removed from continued service for the duration of the event. In addition, 1 dog and 1 horse were removed from active service for 12 to 24 hours but allowed to return to service for the duration of the event following a veterinary reevaluation. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance - Results suggested that working dogs and horses deployed for large planned events face different health concerns, compared with concerns previously reported for animals deployed following disasters. Pre-event planning and training of handlers and riders may have helped reduce the number of health concerns, particularly health concerns related to high heat.

Publication Title Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume 247
Issue 5
Pages 539-541
ISBN/ISSN 0003-1488
DOI 10.2460/javma.247.5.539
Language English
Author Address National Veterinary Response Team, 330 Independence Ave SW, G-644, Washington, DC 20201, USA.jen_chatfield@hotmail.com
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Tags
  1. Animals
  2. Canidae
  3. Canine
  4. Carnivores
  5. Disaster
  6. Dogs
  7. Evaluation
  8. Guidelines
  9. Health
  10. Health services
  11. Horses
  12. Mammals
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Policy and Planning
  15. services
  16. training
  17. ungulates
  18. vertebrates
  19. Veterinary medicine
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