Yes! Absolutely, Blue Jay.
FACT: Private attending veterinarian checks are absolutely necessary now within a 72-hour window prior to entries being accepted for a race. No exceptions!!
Horses entered to compete at a NYRA track are required to undergo an extensive pre-race veterinary examination before the horse is permitted to race. A review from NYRA regulatory veterinarians takes a look at every horse’s medical records, past performances, and workouts.
According to NYRA, to be recognized as the attending veterinarian, both the trainer and veterinarian must submit to NYRA an agreement formalizing the relationship affirming the status of the attending veterinarian. The private veterinarians most familiar with the horse’s medical history will take on extra responsibilities that build on NYRA’s existing safety protocols. I definitely agree, therefore, help to promote and enforce. : )