Ohio veterinarians fined and suspended


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington.

Richard Williams, presiding judge for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, imposed the penalties in a ruling.

On Oct. 1, commission investigators searched two vehicles owned by the veterinarians as they were treating horses at The Red Mile. The investigators seized records and unidentified substances.


Following a hearing, Williams ruled the two men violated state regulations by failing to properly label medications.

They also possessed substances that did not follow Federal Drug Administration procedures for compounded medicines.

The investigation is on-going. The commission is awaiting test results on the substances found in the vehicles and is analyzing computer records.

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