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Veterinary Requirements
Veterinary Facilities and Services
The Singapore Turf Club Veterinary Hospital is a modern, fully equipped facility and is staffed by qualified and experienced Equine Veterinary Surgeons, which includes a number of registered specialists. Owners and trainers of visiting horses can expect the full range and quality of veterinary services available at any major racing centre.

Pre-departure Veterinary Requirement
a. Within 2 to 7 days prior to departure to Singapore, all overseas horses will be required to pass compulsory pre-travel veterinary inspections by a qualified Veterinary Surgeon, checking locomotor and health aspects which may affect travel or performance (This is a Singapore Turf Club requirement).
b. Within the last 48 hours, veterinary health certification to meet AVA guidelines for temporary importation of horses to Singapore. This certificate involves freedom of exposure to various diseases, treatment with parasitic agents and vaccination history within the last 30 days, as well as a clinical examination (This is an official Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) requirement).
Click to download the respective forms.

Veterinary Requirements & Protocols
Form A "Medication and Vaccination Declaration" must be completed and faxed to the Head (Veterinary) at least seven (7) days before the horse departs for Singapore.

Form B "Pre-Travel Veterinary Inspection" must be completed and faxed to the Head (Veterinary) at least two (2) days before the horse departs for Singapore.

Trainers who need more information and clarification relating to Veterinary Requirements & Protocols can contact:

Dr Koos van den Berg
Tel: (65) 6879 1330
Fax: (65) 6879 1349
Email:
koosvdberg@turfclub.com.sg

Dr Curry Keoughan
Tel: (65) 6879 1332
Fax: (65) 6879 1349
E-mail:curryk@turfclub.com.sg

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Anabolic Steroids & Long Acting Medications
Trainers are responsible for ensuring that their horses are free from anabolic steroids and other long-acting prohibited substances prior to departure to Singapore.

Horses will be required to provide blood and urine samples for analysis for prohibited substances on arrival at the Isolation Stables at the racecourse.

Any horse reported positive to long-acting prohibited substances will not be permitted to race, unless a clear analysis can be obtained at least 7 days prior to the raceday. Please note that the Singapore Turf Club has a zero tolerance for anabolic steroid use and that horses with either a history or proof of anabolic steroid administration will NOT be allowed to take part in a race.
 

The Singapore Turf Club will not bear the travelling expenses of any horse which is not permitted to race because of prohibited substances and such expenses will be charged to the owner of that horse.

Trainers are therefore advised that long-acting prohibited substances have prolonged and unpredictable clearance times which may result in their detection several months after administration.

Routine medications administered during the 7 days prior to departure should be reported to the Head (Veterinary) of the Club in writing on arrival
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Vaccinations
Shippers and Trainers are advised to plan vaccinations in advance taking into consideration the following requirements:

a.

Equine Influenza
All horses must be fully vaccinated according to the manufacturer's recommendations with either a certified primary course or a booster vaccination between 21  to 90 days prior to the date of the export.

No horse may take part in a race under the Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing unless it is certified by a Veterinary Surgeon to be correctly vaccinated against Equine Influenza.

As a minimum requirement, the two primary vaccinations must be completed or a booster dose to a previous primary course must be administered according to the manufacturer's recommendations within the specified period.

b.

Japanese B Encephalitis
Where permitted by the country of origin, a primary course of Japanese B Encephalitis vaccination, or a booster administered according to the manufacturer's recommendations must be completed not less than 30 days and not more than 6 months from the date of the export.

c.

Western and Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Horses from countries where Western Equine Encephalitis and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have occurred in the last 2 years must be vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine approved by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore according to the manufacturer's recommendations not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to the date of the export.

d.

Rabies
Horses from countries where Rabies has occurred in the last 2 years should be vaccinated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to departure for Singapore unless it can be certified that during the 6 months prior to export, the horses have not suffered from or been exposed to premises infected with Rabies.

Certified documentary evidence of such vaccinations must be available for inspection by the Singapore Turf Club and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority officials before the horses are unloaded at Changi International Airport.

A copy of horse vaccination history must be forwarded to the Head (Veterinary) of the Club between 2 to 7 days prior to departure to Singapore.

Singapore Importation Health Requirements
Connections of visiting horses should refer to the shippers for details on compulsory government requirements (certifications, vaccinations, blood testing, veterinary examinations, etc.) and for requirements for return to their home countries.

Click to view the veterinary conditions from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore for the temporary importation of horses.

Medication and Prohibited Substances
The Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing require horses to be free of prohibited substances. The prohibited substances under the Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing are:

 

Substances acting on:

Prohibited substances include:

1. The nervous system 1. Anti-pyretics, analgesics and anti-inflammatory substances
2. The cardiovascular system 2. Cytotoxic substances
3. The respiratory system 3. Antihistamines
4. The digestive system> 4. Diuretics
5. The urinary system 5. Local anaesthetics
6. The reproductive system 6. Muscle relaxants
7. The musculoskeletal system 7. Respiratory stimulants
8. The blood system 8. Sex hormones, anabolic agents and corticosteroids
9. The immune system other than those in licensed vaccines 9. Substances affecting blood coagulation
10 The endocrine system; endocrine secretions and their synthetic counterparts  


Prohibited substances: Threshold levels

Arsenic 0.3 microgramme per millilitre in urine
Boldenone 0.015 microgramme free and conjugated boldenone per millilitre in urine from male horses (other than geldings)
Carbon Dioxide 36 millimoles available carbon dioxide per litre in plasma
Dimethyl Sulfoxide 15 microgrammes per millilitre in urine or 1 microgramme per millilitre in plasma
Estranediol in male   0.045 microgramme free and glucurocinjugated 5alpha-3beta, 17alpha-diol per horses (other than geldings) millilitre in urine
Hydrocortisone 1 microgramme per millilitre in urine
Methoxytyramine 4 microgrammes free and conjugated 3-methoxytyramine per millilitre in urine
Salicylic Acid 750 microgrammes per millilitre in urine or 6.5 microgrammes per millilitre in plasma
Testosterone 0.02 microgramme free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from geldings, or 0.055 microgramme free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from fillies and mares (unless in foal)
Theobromine 2 microgrammes per millilitre in urine
0.3 microgram theobromides per millilitre in plasma

N.B. The conjugated substance is the substance that can be liberated from conjugates.

To ensure compliance with the Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing, all veterinary treatment will be performed by Singapore Turf Club Veterinary Surgeons, or persons authorized by Singapore Turf Club/Malayan Racing Association.

No injectable medication of any kind may be administered within three days of racing, except in exceptional and emergency circumstances and with the permission of the Chief Veterinary Surgeon and Chief Stipendiary Steward of Singapore Turf Club.

Any specific enquiries regarding medication matters should be directed to the Head (Veterinary) of the Club.

Pre-race Testing
All runners will be required to undergo pre-race analytical blood testing, identity checks and racing plate inspections, approximately two hours and fifteen minutes prior to racing and to be held in secure conditions thereafter. The collection of blood samples of overseas horses will be performed at their respective isolation stables on raceday.

No horse will be permitted to start if analysis of the pre-race blood sample reveals any abnormality not definitely identifiable as a non-prohibited substance within the time constraints of the testing procedure. All reasonable efforts will be made by the Singapore Turf Club Laboratory Department to define overseas horses’ normal profiles and to investigate any abnormality caused by the presence of prohibited substances from feedstuffs etc prior to the actual pre-race testing.


Pre-race Physical Examination
All runners will be required to pass a pre-race physical examination, including a lameness examination which will be conducted one day before raceday by Singapore Turf Club Veterinary Surgeon.

Post-race Testing
All placed horses and any other horses selected by the Stipendiary Stewards will be required to undergo post race urine and blood sampling for analysis.
Overseas horses will have their samples collected under secure conditions in their respective Isolation Stables.

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Shoeing
The Singapore Turf Club's farriers will be available for shoeing horses if required. Plates shall not exceed the aggregate of 680 grams inclusive of nails.

No horse shall enter the Parade Ring or run in shoes which have protrusions on the ground surface other than calkins on the hind limited to 0.5 cm (0.2 inch) in height. The use of American style toe-grab plates or those with a sharp flange is forbidden. 

Trainers must obtain the permission of the Stipendiary Stewards for the use of any special shoes. Trainers can also approach the Head (Veterinary) of Singapore Turf Club if there are queries on shoeing.