Monday 08 August - 08h25 | FEI
Rio Equine Athletes Get Best Treatment
The world’s best equine athletes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro are now poised to help their human companions win medals for eventing, dressage and showjumping, and as they focus on the prize they have access to a hi-tech veterinary facility like no other. Brazil’s Dr Thomas Wolff, President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Veterinary Commission, leads a 130-strong world-class team of veterinary experts, including leading surgeon Carlos Eduardo Veiga , anaesthetists, imaging specialists and veterinary professionals from Brazil and around the world at the hi-tech veterinary clinic in the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, home of Olympic Equestrian for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The clinic offers routine supportive veterinary care and, should any emergency first-aid be required, the specialists are on-site to treat the horses. Nine specially equipped horse ambulances will also be on the venue if any horses need to be transported to the clinic. In addition to the clinic, a network of physiotherapists is on hand to keep the horses in top form, while the horses’ temperatures, food and water intake, and weight are permanently monitored by their grooms and veterinary specialists.