New York Equine Medical Director sought
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The Equine Medical Director position will be established cooperatively between the Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The model of joint oversight by New York State and Cornell combines Cornell's commitment to advancing the health and well-being of animals and people with the efficient and inclusive regulatory powers of the Gaming Commission.
A significant component of the position will involve ongoing education regarding research findings relevant to enhancing equine health and safety, and communication of best practices to all segments of the racing community and the public.
Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the New York State Gaming Commission, said, "This partnership with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine greatly enhances New York's regulatory role in horse racing. The Gaming Commission and Cornell will find the best individual to develop further improvements in equine health and safety and give veterinarians the resources needed to bring an unprecedented level of protection to all racehorses in New York State.”
Michael Kotlikoff, Dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Special Advisor to the NYRA Reorganization Board, said, "We are honored to partner with New York State to identify the best Equine Medical Director and to provide access to the College's resources and expertise. Cornell, like New York State's government, is committed to protecting equine athletes.”
The New York State Equine Medical Director must possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary Medical Doctor or equivalent degree and have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in equine sports medicine and/or board certification in large animal medicine or surgery. In addition, the position requires:
· A valid license in good standing to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New York
· Significant experience with racing regulations and medical oversight, including knowledge of enhanced drug-testing protocols and comprehensive understanding of racing injuries
· An ability to closely monitor horse injuries and the racing environment to develop new innovative solutions, processes and programs to protect the health and welfare of the horse