Veterinary Care @ Rio Olympics 2016


In a world where virtual friendship is the norm and we spend less and less time with others, pets become anchoring emotional figures in our lives. We value on the life of a pet and invest much more in them because they are considered part of the family.



The Rio Olympic Games has turned on the best possible care for the horses taking part in the equestrian events, with a hi-tech veterinary facility like no other. Animals fall sick just as humans do but the downside is there's a lot that slips between the cup and the lip when it comes to veterinary care but that is not the case with #RioOlympics2016.

The world’s best equine athletes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro have access to the the 11,000-square-foot horse clinic which incapacitates 130 veterinary surgeons, anaesthetists, imaging specialists and medical professionals from all over the world.

In all, there are more than 300 horses competing in Rio, with some 200 of them travelling from hubs in Stansted, Liege and Miami.

Every day, caretakers across the Olympic Equestrian Center are using more than 12,000 gallons of water and nearly 400 kg of ice to chill the water is used to wash down horses after training and competition.

Brazil’s Dr Thomas Wolff, President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Veterinary Commission said - The health and well-being of our horses is the top priority during these Games.



When Rosângela Ribeiro, the veterinary programs director for World Animal Protection (WAP), emailed the Rio 2016 sustainability department wanting to know what they planned to do with stray dogs and cats found during construction of Rio's venues. She only had domestic animals in mind, but within a few hours, the sustainability department invited her to a meeting. Ribeiro met with the department for four hours, asking them what they planned to do. As she remembers it, they told her that they had no real plan. 

Over the ensuing months, WAP worked with the organizers to create a comprehensive plan to humanely handle wildlife and domestic animals found at the venues, as well as addressing long-standing stray issues near venues like the one at Maracana. Over 100 stray cats have been living at Maracanã Stadium, where the Olympic Games opening ceremony was held.



For 2016, it estimated that $62.75 billion will be spent on pets in the U.S.

Breakdown estimation:

Food                                                                $24.01 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine                                  $14.98 billion
Vet Care                                                         $15.92 billion
Live animal purchases                                   $2.11 billion
Other Services                                               $5.73 billion

The Rio 2016 Olympics has made sure that the competitors in equestrian evening, dressage and show jumping are well looked after. The medical attention and training provided to the horses is the best it has ever been, and rivals that of the other athletes in Rio. There are more sophisticated biological therapies, like stem cells, to help treat horses and get them back to their original form.

According to Wizards Island research, rising expenditure on animal healthcare by pet owners and livestock farmers will drive global veterinary healthcare market. On July 27, 2016 Bayer reported that its animal health sales grew 4% year-over-year to a currency-adjusted €426 million ($476 million). Two days later, Merck said its animal health sales during the quarter rose 7% to $898 million.

 Imperial Health Sciences, Africa’s leading partner in healthcare supply chain adds the distribution of veterinary medicine through its partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim.

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