VETERINARY REQUIREMENTS - Macau Jockey Club

a. All horses to be imported to Macau must comply with the Veterinary Health Certificate for the Importation of Horses into Macau as issued by the Macau Government. These may be obtained from the Macau Jockey Club.

b. All horses shall have a full veterinary examination conducted by a qualified veterinary surgeon to the requirements of the official veterinary authority of the country of origin i.e.

  • Australian Equine Veterinary Association in Australia.
  • New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association in New Zealand.
  • British Equine Veterinary Association in England and Ireland.
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners in the USA and the equivalent authorities in Canada and France.

c. The examination is to include routine radiographs of both fore legs including carpus (flexed LM, DPLMO, DPMLO and C3 skyline views), fetlock (LM, DP, DPLMO, DPMLO views), pedal and navicular bones (DP & LM views); and any other radiographs as determined by the examining veterinary surgeon. The horses must have an endoscopic examination of the pharynx and larynx both before and after exercise.

The height of the horse is to be measured by the examining veterinary surgeon and reported on the veterinary certificate.

d. As a result of this examination a certificate signed and dated by the examining veterinary surgeon must be furnished to the Club with a copy to New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight stating that the horse is a suitable subject for racing purposes and is also suitable for Mortality Insurance Cover, albeit that the arranged transit insurance does not include Loss of Use cover. All blemishes including scars of traumatic origin, exostosis, surgical firing and physical defects and disabilities must be mentioned. This veterinary examination and certificate must be completed and faxed to the Veterinary Department of the Club, and a copy to New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight, a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 2 months prior to admittance into quarantine. Depending on the contents of the examination report the Club retains the right to order a further examination by an independent veterinary surgeon appointed by the Club. If the second examination is deemed unsatisfactory the horse will not be accepted. The cost of this examination shall be borne by the purchaser.

e. The following conditions are not acceptable:

i. Any horse which has a history, officially recorded or otherwise, of bleeding from both nostrils (Epistaxis), unless special permission is obtained by the Club's Management Committee. The definition of bleeding is: an attack of bleeding shall be the appearance of blood at both nostrils, irrespective of quantity, unless in the opinion of the Officials such bleeding was caused by external trauma.

ii. Any colt or stallion which does not have two palpable testicles.

iii. Crib Biters, weavers, windsuckers.

iv. Any horse blind in one eye.

v. Any horse that has had a neurectomy on any of its limbs.

vi. Any horse that is less than fifteen hands.

f. All horses must be broken in before arriving in Macau.

g. No alteration of sex to occur in quarantine or after the Mortality Insurance has been accepted. (Should a horse undergo castration prior to entering quarantine, the wounds must be properly healed before this horse is accepted.)


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