The search has begun to fill the position of New York State Equine Medical Director, which would oversee the health and safety of horses at all Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks in the state. The process is being handled jointly by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
A press release issued by both organizations stated that the person hired would ” be responsible for all aspects of equine health, safety, and welfare at New York racetracks and will directly advise the Gaming Commission members and staff regarding all related issues.”
The Equine Medical Director would have oversight of all equine medication policies, the safety and condition of racetrack facilities and surfaces, and the supervision of all on-track veterinarians, in addition to several other duties.
“New York State has moved quickly to adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety, including the hiring of an Equine Medical Director,” David Skorton, President of Cornell University and Chairman of the NYRA Reorganization Board, said in the press release. “Cornell is proud to be a part of the effort to usher in a new, improved era of stewardship. In addition, NYRA stands ready to assist in the search and implementation of this important position in any way needed.”
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