World-Class Veterinary Care For Tokyo 2020 Equine Athletes
Friday, July 30, 2021
Posted by FEI Communications Department
The state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinic at Baji Koen Equestrian Park, specially built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is fully equipped to ensure that all onsite equine athletes have access to world-class veterinary facilities.
Photo: The Veterinary Clinic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (JPN). (FEI/Christophe Taniere)
The Japan Racing Association (JRA), the owner of the Baji Koen facility, has invested in a complete refurbishment of the entire venue used for the Olympic equestrian events in 1964. This includes the construction of the brand new Veterinary Clinic and stables, providing an unprecedented post-Games legacy for both the racing and equestrian sport community in Japan.
Staffed with a mix of domestic and international world-leading professionals specialized in advanced veterinary medicine, the Clinic offers both routine and emergency services, treatment boxes for use by team veterinarians and physiotherapists, a clinical pathology laboratory for blood count and biochemistry analysis, a fully stocked pharmacy, radiography, and ultrasound scanning, and – if needed – ultramodern hi-tech surgery facilities.
A veterinary ambulance service is accessible around the clock and emergency veterinary clinical services are available 24/7.
Stringent biosecurity measures to prevent any possible contamination are in place across the entire Equestrian venue and are at an even higher level for all veterinary facilities, including the horse ambulances.
"In 2016 the JRA demolished the former veterinary clinic here at Baji Koen and built these fabulous facilities so that we can provide optimal care for the Olympic and Paralympic horses during the Games. And it has a double benefit as a great investment for the future”, said Tokyo 2020 Veterinary Service Manager Dr. Hiroko Aida, who is also a leading veterinarian at the JRA. “The veterinary surgeons we have onsite are some of the best in the world and it is a real honor to be a part of this team."
Sea Forest Veterinary Clinic
A second Veterinary Clinic has been set up onsite at Sea Forest Cross Country Course (SFC). This temporary facility is in place especially for the cross country, the second of three tests in the Equestrian Eventing discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The SFC Veterinary Clinic will be fully operational throughout the stay of the Eventing horses at Sea Forest from the night of 31 July to post-competition on 1 August.