US equestrian team veterinarian Rick Mitchell is to replace US Equestrian Federation president David O’Connor on the American Horse Council Board of Trustees.
Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian. This summer’s Olympic Games in London will mark his fifth visit to the Olympics as an attending veterinarian for the US team.
“The AHC is very pleased to have Dr Mitchell on the board,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “Dr Mitchell has been chair of the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee for several years and provided great advice and experience. He is a real ‘two-for’ in that he has veterinary expertise in equine diseases and international experience at the highest level of competition. As the equine show world gets smaller, that is the type of experience the AHC is fortunate to have.”
Mitchell was born in Greensboro, NC and lived there throughout childhood, participating in fox-hunting and hunter/jumper competitions into adulthood.
He attended Guilford College, majoring in biology then received his B.S. from North Carolina State University, and his DVM from Oklahoma State University. He is currently in private veterinary practice limited to equine medicine and surgery with an emphasis on lameness. He has been in practice with Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, CT, since 1989, where he is president.
Mitchell is internationally certified in veterinary acupuncture and equine locomotor pathology and has authored many nationally and internationally published articles and textbook chapters on equine health care.
He has served on various boards, including the United States Equestrian Federation, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is a founding member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.
“I am pleased to be on the AHC board and hope I can continue to make even more of a contribution to the AHC and the horse community,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is married, has two children and three grandchildren.