Pre-ICRAV Analytical and Veterinary Workshops

Following the success of the previous pre-ICRAV workshops, we are pleased to announce that a two-day pre-ICRAV Analytical Workshop and, for the very first time, a two-day pre-ICRAV Veterinary Workshop will be organised prior to the main programme of the 23rd ICRAV.

The two-day pre-ICRAV Analytical and Veterinary Workshops will be held on 22 – 23 October 2021. The workshops, jointly sponsored by the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) and the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV), are designed to include theory and hands-on/field exercises. The detailed programme of the workshops will be available soon.

Pre-ICRAV Analytical Workshop on

Data Mining of Omics Evidence


Method Validation and Uncertainty of Measurements

The Day 1 of the Analytical Workshop on Data Mining of Omics Evidence, presented by Dr Adam Cawley (ARFL), Dr Benoit Loup (LCH) and Dr Tony Cheung (HKJC), will introduce various OMICS technologies and associated data analysis tools to identify candidate biomarkers for doping control.

The Day 2 of the Analytical Workshop on Method Validation and Uncertainty of Measurements, presented by Dr James Scarth (LGC) and Mr David Leung (HKJC), will provide detailed description on analytical method validation and uncertainty of measurements for analysts.

The Pre-ICRAV Analytical Workshop will be held in the Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong. An email link will be provided to participants (by early October 2021) to download / print course materials and pre-install required software.

Pre-ICRAV Veterinary Workshop on

Suitability to Race Veterinary Examinations:

Gait and Lameness Assessment, and Legal Liability

The two-day Veterinary Workshop, co-organised by Dr Peter Curl and Dr Peter Symons, will focus on the kinetics and evidence-based objective lameness measurement as well as race veterinary inspections. We are pleased to have invited Dr Peter Curl (HKJC), Dr Bronte Forbes (STC) and Professor Kevin Keegan from the University of Missouri as our speaker. Prof Keegan is a world-renowned expert in equine kinematics and lameness; and the developer of the Equinosis Lameness Locator.

The Pre-ICRAV Veterinary Workshop will be held at the Sha Tin Racecourse and Equine Hospital of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.


The number of places in Analytical and Veterinary workshops is both limited to 30, first come first served. Priority will be given to AORC/IGSRV members. Furthermore, places are limited to a maximum of TWO individuals from each authority / laboratory / institution for each workshop. The registration cost, inclusive of attendance at the registered workshop sessions, workshop materials, lunch on both days as well as refreshments, is

  • USD300 for early bird registration on or before 15 August 2021; OR
  • USD400 for regular registration after 15 August 2021.

The Kerry Hotel will honour the conference room rate on 21 - 23 October 2021 for pre-conference workshop delegates. Delegates can make their accommodation arrangements at conference registration. To reserve your place, please email the Secretariat at