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Veterinary and Medical Careers

19-10-2017 2-55-57 PM

Interested in a career in veterinary or medical science?

There are many other roles that exist to ensure the proper conduct of the racing industry. One of the most important aspect of this, are the roles responsible for assisting with the welfare of the animals.

Below are the types of veterinary and medical careers available within the racing industry.

For more information contact:

Racing Industry Training
Phone: (08) 9445 5483

Race Day Vet

A race day vet must be present at all race day meetings to assist with any required treatments, supervision and physical assessments of horses. In addition, the vet is responsible for overseeing all pre and post-race samples, provide expert advice to stewards and examine horses in the event of an injury. In order to become a race day vet, individuals must hold a degree in Veterinary Science.

For more information on Veterinary courses visit Department of Education and Training’s website.


A farrier plays a vital role in the wellbeing and level of performance in horses. Farriers are responsible for keeping the horses’ hooves in good condition and placing the appropriate shoes on horses. 

A qualified Farrier is one of the most important people associated with the health and welfare of horses.  Due to their proven training, skills, knowledge and commitment, almost all racing stables, stud farms and large equestrian establishments employ qualified farriers to care for their horses’ feet.

Farrier training consists of a four year Apprenticeship studying a Certificate III Farriery, comprising of both on-the-job practical training with a qualified farrier as well as off-the-job theory study at TAFE.

For more information on courses visit Department of Education and Training’s website.

Equine Dentist

Professional equine dentistry care is required as part of a horse's regular health maintenance to ensure that the animal is able to pick up and chew its food correctly. This, in turn, affects the health of the horse and helps to overcome problems where a horse may be experiencing pain with the placement of a bit in its mouth.

To become a certified equine dentist you will need to complete a Certificate in Equine Dentistry. Unfortunately, at this point in time, West Australia does not offer this course. However, it is possible to complete the qualifications through distance education, combined with a block of "hands on training".

For more information visit the Equine Dental Practice website.

Swab Attendants

Swab Attendants play a critical role in the in the pre and post-race sampling of horses for the purposes of screening for prohibited or banned substances. This includes stringent adherence with Standard Operating Procedures that ensure high levels of security and chain of custody with the taking, packaging and sealing of samples for analysis.

Animal handling experience and competency are vital skills in addition to precision and attention to detail in performing this important integrity role often suited to persons with a Veterinary Nurse background.

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