FEEVA statement on Ketamine

The Federation of Equine Veterinary Associations of Europe (FEEVA) wishes to underline that Ketamine is very widely used for anesthesia and analgesia by equine veterinarians across all Europe. It is the only injectable anesthetic that is safe and well tested in the full range of species under a veterinarian’s care. Similarly to other species, ketamine is used in horses as a primary anesthetic and for the induction to inhalant anesthesia. Ketamine is an essential anesthetic in equine veterinary practice, both in hospital settings and in the field. FEEVA opposes any re-classification of Ketamine which would limits its availability.