(HORSES) — Racetrack veterinarians are sworn by oath to protect the health and welfare of their horse patients, but it seems the economics of racing are getting in the way. There’s a powerful financial motive behind prescribing horses drugs for injuries rather than rest and rehabilitation. The veterinarians are both the doctors and the pharmacies, the more drugs they prescribe, the more money they make. The result have been catastrophic for horses. Rather than therapeutic recovery, they get a needles plunged into their necks before racing. Read on for more on the devastating effect racetrack veterinarians are having on their patients. — Global Animal 
A horse getting a pre-race shot. Photo Credit: AcraNatura

Visit the New York Times to read the full article, here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/us/at-the-track-racing-economics