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RCVS Disciplinary Committee
Vet to be struck off for dishonesty and breach of racing rules

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A VETERINARY surgeon charged with administering a prohibited substance to a racehorse and subsequently attempting to conceal his actions has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee. The committee reached its verdict after a six-day hearing between February 14 and 22, and directed that the name of James Main be removed from the RCVS Register.

Mr Main, a partner in the O’Gorman, Slater, Main & Partners practice in Newbury, Berkshire, and former lead veterinary surgeon to the racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson, faced a total of four charges relating to his treatment of Moonlit Path, a six-year-old mare owned by the Queen. Three charges related to the administration of tranexamic acid to the mare on the day she was due to race, in breach of the rules of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA); the fourth charge related to Mr Main's dishonest concealment of the treatment in the horse's clinical records.

The Disciplinary Committee heard that Mr Main attended Mr Henderson's yard on February 19, 2009, having been requested to do so to administer an injection of Dycenene to Moonlit Path, as the mare was prone to exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH). Mr Main injected the mare with tranexamic acid, a similar product to Dycenene, which he believed to be a more effective treatment for EIPH. The mare raced at Huntingdon later the same day, finishing sixth. A urine sample taken from the horse after the race tested positive for tranexamic acid. Mr Henderson, its trainer, faced a BHA inquiry into the case in 2009, and was subsequently sanctioned.

Mr Main admitted injecting Moonlit Path with tranexamic acid on the day she was due to race, despite knowing that this breached the BHA's rule prohibiting any substance other than the horse's usual feed and water being given on …

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