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Pfizer Animal Health Becomes Leadership Contributor to the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
Date:4/6/2009

Partnership Promotes Equine Health and Wellness through Education and Research Initiatives

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Pfizer Animal Health has joined forces as a leadership contributor with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance. The partnership's aim is to ensure the health and safety measures being implemented through the new racetrack accreditation program are addressed in a manner that will best benefit the equine athlete. Pfizer Animal Health is the first pharmaceutical company along with over 50 racetracks, national horseman's organizations, owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and veterinarians to support this breakthrough initiative that could change the face of horse racing.

The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is a standing organization whose purpose is to implement safety and integrity on a uniform, nationwide basis. The Alliance will function as a certification/accreditation body for the purpose of recognizing and inducing compliance by all stakeholders. Compliance will cover five broad areas: injury reporting and prevention, creating a safer racing environment, aftercare and transition of retired horses, medication and testing and safety research. Within those categories, many specific standards are being focused on including pre- and post- race veterinary examinations, health and safety of jockeys, safety research and training and continuing education among many others.

"The safety standards put in place are the most ambitious in the history of the industry and are the result of the earnest recommendations of a number of organizations," said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA Alliance. "Having Pfizer Animal Health's support helps reinforce the importance of preventative health care for all equine athletes."

In 2008, Pfizer Animal Health teamed up with the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund to raise awareness
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