In almost every case, when a Thoroughbred owner hires a trainer, the trainer selects which veterinarian will perform work on the owner’s horses. However, the owner is wholly responsible for all veterinarian bills and should not be afraid to ask either his/her trainer and/or his/her veterinarian questions about veterinarian procedures, dispensations and costs. An owner may also request that his/her trainer inspect and initial all vet bills before passing them on to the owner.
Be sure to discuss with your trainer whether or not you require PRIOR APPROVAL of medical expenditures as well as ways in which you can manage or lower your vet bills.
The “average” vet bill, per horse in training, per month in a top end racing jurisdiction such as Southern California runs $300 on up. This amount however, is strongly affected by: