IMPORTANT NOTICE – Horse Treatment and Medication Records (AR.178F) / National / 05 May, 2015

Members are reminded of their obligations in accordance with AR.178F(1) which requires that all trainers keep accurate records of treatments and medications administered to each horse in his or her care by midnight on the day on which the administration was given, and each record must include the following information:

(a) the name of the horse;
(b) the date and time of administration of the treatment or medication;
(c) the name of the treatment or medication administered (brand name or active constituent);
(d) the route of administration (including by injection, stomach tube, paste, topical application or inhalation);
(e) the amount of medication given (if applicable);
(f) the duration of a treatment (if applicable);
(g) the name and signature of person or persons administering and/or authorizing the administration of the treatment or medication.

(2) For the purposes of this rule:

(a) “treatment” includes:
(i) shock wave therapy;
(ii) acupuncture (including laser treatment);
(iii) chiropractic treatment;
(iv) the use of any electrical stimulation device (including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS));
(v) magnetic field therapy;
(vi) ultrasound;
(vii) any form of oxygen therapy, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy; and

(b) “medication” includes:

(i) all Controlled Drugs (Schedule 8) administered by a veterinarian;
(ii) all Prescription Animal Remedies (Schedule 4), including those listed in AR.178C(2);
(iii) all Prescription Only Medicines (Schedule 4), prescribed and/or dispensed by a veterinarian for off-label use;
(iv) all injectable veterinary medicines (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intra-articular) not already included above;
(v) all Pharmacist Only (Schedule 3) and Pharmacy Only (Schedule 2) medicines;
(vi) all veterinary and other medicines containing other scheduled and unscheduled prohibited substances;
(vii) all alkalinising agents;
(viii) all herbal preparations.

(3) All records required to be kept in accordance with AR.178F must be retained by the trainer for not less than two years.

(4) When requested, a trainer must make available to the Stewards the record of any administration of a treatment and/or medication required by sub-rule (1).

(5) A trainer who fails to comply with any provision of AR.178F commits a breach of this Rule and may be penalised.

Many trainers may already have a logbook type recording system in place. Alternatively a suggested format can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.