SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Gaming Commission has named a prominent veterinarian from New Jersey to oversee the health and safety of horses at all New York racetracks.
The agency, along with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, announced on Monday that Dr. Scott E. Palmer of Clarksburg, N.J., has been appointed New York state’s equine medical director.
His duties will include overseeing the well-being of horses at New York’s thoroughbred and harness tracks and supervising all on-track regulatory veterinarians and the state equine drug-testing program.
Palmer will also serve as an adjunct professor at Cornell’s veterinary college.
He has been with the New Jersey Equine Clinic since 1976, serving as the hospital director for the past 17 years.
Palmer chaired the New York task force formed after 21 horses died at Aqueduct during the 2011-12 winter meet.