Some racetracks around the U.S. closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but racetrack veterinarians haven’t stopped working.
Dr. Sara Langsam, a managing partner at TFB Equine serving Belmont Park and the Aqueduct Racetrack in the New York City area, said her day-to-day routine hasn’t changed much since April.
“Daily life didn’t change much for us once we got onto the grounds during the lockdown,” she said. “Horses were still training and getting their normal ailments.”
As racetracks begin to reopen, veterinarians will likely face continued safety modifications including no fans in the stands and less racing, which could cause potential financial struggles. Safety guidelines depend on the state.