Compounded Medications: What Trainers Need to Know

Compounded substances are an area of concern for trainers interested in ensuring horse health and avoiding potential regulatory issues. While the use of compounded substances has a place in proper horse care, often they are overused, which increases the risk to horses and trainers alike. Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer at The Stronach Group Racing and Gaming, provides an overview of the differences between compounded, generic and label medications. Additionally, she covers the potential risks of using compounded medications.

Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer at The Stronach Group Racing and Gaming, served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY, from 2012-2019. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and received her Juris Doctor (JD) from the William Mitchell College of Law. She practiced law as a commercial litigator for a number of years prior to enrolling in vet school, and was a Law School faculty member while attending veterinary school.

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