Providing Accurate Information
"On Call" is an innovative media-assistance program developed to provide accurate veterinary information to the broadcast and print media during live-network races. Media-trained equine veterinarians are available to respond to crisis situations and to answer questions about veterinary medicine.
Assisting the Industry and Media
In response to the horseracing industry's plea for accurate reporting of veterinary issues, particularly at the racetrack, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) came to the forefront in 1991. Prompted by the tragic deaths of three horses during the telecast of the 1990 Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park, the AAEP developed the "On Call" program to assist racetrack management with the media and live coverage of major races throughout the country.
More than 30 AAEP veterinarians have committed their time and knowledge to the "On Call" program. This team has received media training in order to educate the racing public about the highly specialized care of the equine athlete.
Supporting Equine Events Worldwide
The "On Call" program is offered during all live-broadcast racing events, including the Triple Crown races and the Breeders' Cup, and arena events such as the AQHA World Championship Show.
2016 On Call Schedule
Saturday, April 9: Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park - Dr. Jeff Blea; Wood Memorial at Aqueduct - Dr. Scott Palmer both on NBC.
Sally J. Baker, APR
AAEP Director of Marketing & Public Relations