Horse Racing

Forensic Equine Drug Testing (FEDT)

Bureau Veritas Is Internationally Known For Equine Drug Testing Expertise

Our Equine Drug Testing Department (FEDT) was established in 1969 and is known internationally for its expertise in drug detection, confirmation, and research. We are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, under the requirements and Guidance for the Accreditation for Forensic Testing Laboratories, and work closely with the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC).

Along with testing urine and blood samples for prohibited drugs and/or metabolites, Bureau Veritas FEDT undertakes research projects involving method development for new drugs, method transfer, drug metabolism studies, and analysis of equine urine and blood, to produce data for elimination studies.

  • Additional Drug testing

    The FEDT laboratory provides drug-screening services to the food industry, dietary/herbal/nutrition producers and for concerned consumers/users. If you require the analysis of a drug in a particular matrix, contact us. Analyses can be performed qualitatively or quantitatively. Quantitative analyses may require method development and method validation before test sample analysis. 

    The laboratory offers the following adjunct drug testing services to our clients:

    • Detection and identification of single or multiple drugs in a variety of matrices: pills, liquids, animal feed, food, nutraceutical or herbal supplements, oils, milk or cream.
    • Drug potency and purity (semi-quantitative or quantitative analysis)
    • Targeted screening (for example, anabolic steroids, NSAIDs, Bronchodilators)
    • Drug paraphernalia (needles, syringes, vials, etc.)
    • Swab testing for amphetamines and opiates – kits are available upon request.
    • Drug screening in livestock or pets

    Additional testing provided is the analysis of pharmaceuticals in water and wastewater, on a client basis. These methods are validated to ISO 17025 standards.

  • Drug Analysis - Horse Racing & Shows

    Do You Show Or Race Horses?

    Bureau Veritas’ Forensic Equine Drug Testing (FEDT) services are provided to regulatory agencies responsible for administration of drug control programs. The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency is Canada’s federal body responsible for supervision of pari-mutuel betting at racetracks and FEDT is the Agency’s official laboratory facility.

    Bureau Veritas also provides comprehensive drug screening services to horse show associations across Canada such as Equine Canada, Calgary Stampede, and various Horse Pulling Associations. Split sample/referee sample testing for other jurisdictions (nationally and internationally) is also offered.

    Testing protocols can be adjusted to meet specific regulations for each event.

  • FEDT Research

    Forensic Equine Drug Testing Research

    Bureau Veritas’s FEDT Laboratory undertakes research projects involving method development for new drugs, method transfer from other labs, drug metabolism studies and analysis of equine blood and urine to produce data for elimination studies. Our research scientists work closely with Official Chemists in the racing industry to ensure that forensically appropriate methods are employed for routine analysis. Our FEDT group is internationally renowned for their contributions to the science of doping control.

  • Veterinary Pre-Purchase Drug Analysis

    Blood Screening For Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), Corticosteroids And Tranquillizers

    There are a number of drugs and medications on the market that can be used to mask pre-existing conditions and ailments. Pre-purchase drug screening complements the medical examination given to the horse prior to the sale. Bureau Veritas’ pre-purchase drug analysis test targets both veterinary medications and prohibited drugs that could be present in the animal’s body to help ensure than animals are healthy and drug free.

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