LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is a new doctor at the track for the 2015 Triple Crown races.

Veterinarian Dr. Keith Latson is stepping up to be the on call vet for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He replaces Dr. Larry Bramlage, who is retiring after 24 years of volunteering for the on-call program.

It will be Latson's job to help the public and media understand any health problems or injuries to the equine athletes competing in the Triple Crown. He may also assist in medical attention for the horses.

Latson is a California-based equine surgeon with a lifetime love of thoroughbred racing. He's part of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

About Dr. Keith Latson:

Keith Latson, DVM, DACVS, is in private surgical and performance equine practice, focusing on Thoroughbred racehorses in Southern California. He also provides professional and surgical services for non-profit Thoroughbred retirement and retraining organizations in the region.

Dr. Latson is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his board certification in surgery from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006.

He has published and presented several peer-reviewed scientific papers related to equine surgery. A past recipient of the AAEP's Good Works for Horses Award, Dr. Latson also serves on the AAEP's Racing Committee. He resides in Sierra Madre, Calif., with his wife and two sons.

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