SANTA ANITA BOLSTERS STRONG VETERINARY TEAM AS DR. LAURIE BOHANNON ASSUMES NEWLY CREATED POSITION OF SENIOR VETERINARIANARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2019)–The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27.Santa Anita, which has led the way in enacting state of the art equine protocols and best practices, will again be fielding a team of veterinarians which will be overseeing on-track training and racing on a daily basis.“In addition to Dr. Bohannon, we have a wealth of veterinary expertise working as part of our team here at Santa Anita,” said Benson. “Dr. Bohannon’s day to day role will be to work with our Association veterinarians to ensure the best possible on-track coverage during training and racing.“She will often cover on-track training in the morning as well as assist our primary Track Veterinarian, Dr. (Dana) Stead, in order to provide coverage during live racing. Additionally, she will assist with morning examinations for both racing and training.”Bohannon, who received her DVM from Colorado State University, completed her internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, CA, and completed her residency in Surgery at UC Davis. Along with a Clinical Fellowship at Oregon State University, Bohannon has practiced in both private and regulatory veterinary medicine at California racetracks.Benson further noted that in addition to Bohannon and Stead, several other veterinarians will be taking on key roles, both during training and racing.“Dr. Stead will be returning as our primary on-track veterinarian in the afternoons,” said Benson. “He brings years of experience to this important task as well as the pre-race and pre-work examinations. Dr. Tim Grande (representing the CHRB) will also perform pre-race and pre-work exams on behalf of Santa Anita.“Dr. Grande has been performing these examinations for many years in Southern California and is an invaluable member of our team. Additionally, we hired Dr. April Chitrakar last year to assist in the mornings and she will be returning. Finally, we have Dr. Debbie Lamparter, who leads the Breeders’ Cup veterinary team. She’ll be assisting for several days during morning training prior to opening day here to ensure we have extra coverage.”Benson’s role will be largely administrative, as she coordinates implementation of a wide range of new policies and practices that are now in place to ensure equine, as well as human, health and welfare.“I am proud to see that the reforms that were enacted at Santa Anita earlier this year have worked so successfully this summer at Del Mar,” said Benson. “The entire Santa Anita veterinary team is ready to work hard to make this fall meet the safest it can possibly be for horses, jockeys and exercise riders and we want everyone to know that our commitment to horse welfare and safety is absolutely paramount amongst all of our priorities.”For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Autumn Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
A DISTRAUGHT mother has spoken of her ‘night from hell’ after allowing her 14-year-old daughter attend an underage disco in Letterkenny – and wants the events banned.The heart-broken mum says she ‘regrets the very minute’ she gave into pressure to allow her child to attend the disco.She told how her child: * Ended up in hospital getting her stomach pumped after getting drunk* Was wearing inappropriate clothing borrowed from older ‘friends’* Lost her mobile phone and cash* Was teased on social media for days afterwards. The mother told us: “I know even speaking to you that there will be parents who will judge me. There will be those who say she shouldn’t have been out; and those who think it’s all ok to be out.“But I now know I made a huge mistake by giving in to the peer pressure my child was facing and it was the worst thing I ever did.“My girl knows it was too now, and so I wanted to warn other mothers about what goes on before and after these discos.“There’s a huge amount of drink taken by kids who frankly don’t know how to handle it; there’s drugs available if you know where to go.“I can’t do anything to stop these discos and I’m sure some kids go out and behave responsibly but a night out for a young teenager now is miles away from what it was out when I was that age.” She said her child ended up in hospital because she was so drunk.“It was a nightmare; I felt just cold,” said the mother.“You don’t want to see your child like that in hospital when it can be avoided. It was just awful.”The girl had no money and no phone; a friend had called the mother to say her daughter was ill. Three months ago Donegal Daily reported how the underage discos were causing concern for Gardai in several towns in the county who were happy that the premises were being run properly, but that crowds were being drawn into several towns, but particularly Letterkenny.On one evening after a disco gangs from Buncrana and Letterkenny fought running battles with each other.And last year another mother hit out, claiming gangs of thieves targeted children at one disco, stealing cash and mobile phones.There is growing disquiet that such events are becoming the ‘norm’.“I’d rather be on duty when the adults are out in the town than when the 14 and 15 year-olds are out,” admitted on Letterkenny garda.“This is becoming a serious issue for the town.”It is also a serious issue for the staff at Letterkenny General Hospital who are left to deal with the aftermath of drink-fuelled nights out by school children.The mother added: “People will say ‘och sure this has been going on for years’ but I would ask any parent to drive around Letterkenny on the night of an underage disco and ask yourself ‘were we like that?’ and it was never this bad.”DONEGAL MUM WARNS: ‘MY GIRL’S NIGHT FROM HELL AT UNDERAGE DISCO’ was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drunkenfights.letterkennyunderage discos