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Glossary of Racing Terms

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valet: A person employed by a racing association to clean and care for a jockey's tack and other riding equipment.

VEE (Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis): A highly contagious disease affecting the central nervous system that can cause illness or death in horses and humans.

ventral: Down; toward the belly.

veterinarian: The commission (or board) veterinarian, sometimes referred to as the state veterinarian, is usually appointed by the state racing commission. This person serves as professional adviser and consultant to the State Racing Commission on veterinary matters including all regulatory aspects of the application and practice of veterinary medicine at the track. A practicing private practitioner is a veterinarian who is employed by owners and trainers on an individual case or contract basis.

video endoscope: See endoscope.

V.M.D.: Veterinary Medical Doctor.

vocal folds: The membranes attached to the arytenoid cartilages in the larynx. Vibration produces vocalization.

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