Scott Palmer appointed New York’s Equine Medical Director

Dr Scott Palmer
Dr Scott Palmer

New Jersey veterinarian Scott E. Palmer has been named New York’s Equine Medical Director following an international search.

The appointment was announced by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr Palmer, a renowned veterinarian from New Jersey with more than three decades of experience in providing medical care for horses, will oversee the health and safety of horses at all New York State thoroughbred and standardbred racetracks.

He will be responsible for all aspects of equine health, safety, and welfare at New York racetracks and will advise the Commission on equine medication policies as well as the safety and condition of racetrack facilities and surfaces. He will supervise all on-track regulatory veterinarians as well as the New York State Equine Drug Testing Program laboratory. He will oversee equine testing procedures, ensure compliance with regulatory veterinary protocols, investigate incidents and monitor the Commission’s necropsy program.

Dr Palmer will also serve as an Adjunct Professor at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he will be responsible for developing and coordinating continuing education programs for veterinarians and trainers related to medication and equine injuries. He will coordinate research on equine sports medicine topics and collaborate with faculty on epidemiological studies to analyze equine safety issues.

“I am honored to join the Commission and to help bolster New York’s ongoing commitment to equine health and safety,” Dr Palmer said. “Having a sole veterinary point of contact overseeing all New York race horses and having access to Cornell’s array of resources is simply smart policy. I am eager to get to work, and I look forward to working with our partners to create as safe an environment as possible for our horses.”

Since his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, Dr. Palmer has worked as a staff clinician at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, serving as the Hospital Director since 1997. He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Equine Practitioners Veterinarian of the Year award, as well as a recipient of the AAEP President’s Award in 2009 and the AAEP Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

He also chaired the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety, which was formed at the request of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2012 in the wake of 21 equine fatalities during Aqueduct’s 2011-12 Winter Meet. The New York State Equine Medical Director position was established last year as a key recommendation of that Task Force.

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