The New York State Gaming Commission has named Dr. Scott E. Palmer (UP ’76) as the state’s equine medical director.
Dr. Palmer will be responsible for 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 on-track regulatory veterinarians as well as the New York State Equine Drug Testing Program laboratory. Plus, 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.
Since receiving his VMD degree, Dr. Palmer has worked as a staff clinician at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, serving as the hospital director since 1997.
Dr. Palmer chaired the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety, which was formed in 2012 in the wake of 21 horse fatalities at the Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens, within a four-month period. The equine medical director position was established this past year as a key recommendation of that task force.