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2021 Woodbine Vaccination Protocol Update on behalf of the Equine Health and Welfare Committee

February 5, 2021

Woodbine Entertainment in consultation with the HBPA joint Equine Health and Welfare Committee would like to remind all Trainers of the important protocols in place for horses entering the Woodbine Backstretch in 2021.

All horses entering to race or train at Woodbine must have the following up to date:

EHV 1 vaccines will be administered to a horse no less than 14 days and no longer than 90 days from entry date to Woodbine.

Rhino/Flu shots must be up to date along with any recommended booster shots throughout the season.

Coggins Test must be up to date. Coggins Test are valid for 1 year and must be renewed prior to expiration date.

A veterinary inspection letter shall accompany all horses entering from out of province and country.

The veterinary inspection letter should include the following:

The horse(s) listed on this certificate of veterinary Inspection:

Has/have not originated nor have come from a barn with a confirmed or suspected case of EHV 1, strangles or any other diseases in the last 30 days.

Or been febrile within the previous 3 weeks.

Must include the horse’s latest temperature recorded on the letter, by the signing veterinarian.

Must include the date of the horse’s EHV1 vaccine including the name of the administered vaccination product.

All vaccination records and veterinary inspection letters must be delivered to the Stall Office or Racing Office within 24 hours of horses arrival at Woodbine to be read by the Racing Department.

All records must be kept up to date. If you have any questions concerning your vaccination records or Coggins Test dates, please contact the Stall Office at

All horses entering to train on a ship in/ship out basis, whether the Receiving Barn or a Main Barn must have all vaccination records onsite with the Stall Office prior to entry for training.

If you are unable to inoculate your horse prior to entry to the backstretch, you must make arrangements with the Stall Office to allow entry and set up a plan for immediate inoculation of said horse. This may only be used in case of extreme difficulty as it is important for the EHV 1 vaccine to be given to horses 14 days prior to arrival.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.