February 16, 2016 – The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) Trustees are pleased to announce the addition of two new trustees to its board: Kathleen M. Anderson, DVM, and Scott E. Palmer, VMD. Drs. Anderson and Palmer join the Foundation’s Board at an exciting time of charitable grant giving and expansion and bring a wealth of experience to TERF as leaders in the equine industry and equine health in particular.
Dr. Kathleen M. Anderson grew up in western Canada and received her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada. Actively involved with horses from childhood, she has worked in all facets of the equine industry from event competitor to international competition groom to barn manager and even exercise rider/pony person at Marquis Downs. Dr. Anderson started practice in 1986 under the watchful eye of long-time U.S. Equestrian Team veterinarian Dr. A. Martin Simensen in South Hamilton, MA. The restructuring of Suffolk Downs in 1990 encouraged many to leave New England so she migrated south to the New Jersey racing circuit, Pennsylvania racetracks and Maryland racing. In 1993 after the birth of her first child, Dr. Anderson settled at Fair Hill Training Center (“FHTC”) and has actively contributed to the continued success and upgrades at FHTC. On December 8, 2015, Dr. Anderson was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the Dec. 8 President’s Luncheon at the 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now a mother of two, Dr. Anderson enjoys riding, art and music, traveling, along with being a parent. She is active in many professional roles within the equine industry but her number one interest remains providing excellence in equine veterinary care.
Scott E. Palmer, VMD, is the New York State Equine Medical Director and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Palmer is a renowned veterinarian from New Jersey with more than three decades of experience in providing medical and surgical care for horses. As the New York State Equine Medical Director, Dr. Palmer oversees the health and safety of horses at all New York State Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks.
Dr. Palmer received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and is board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He worked in clinical practice at the New Jersey Equine Clinic for 38 years and served as the hospital director from 1997 through 2013. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and is a featured speaker at veterinary conferences world-wide. Dr. Palmer 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.
Dr. Palmer is a Past President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners. He serves on the Racing Medication Testing Consortium’s Scientific Advisory Committee and is a trustee of the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). He serves on the advisory board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. He is a Co-Chairman of the Opportunity Scholarship Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. 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.
Dr. Palmer’s research focus is the identification of modifiable risk factors and development of intervention strategies for catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses.
TERF co-chairs Herb Moelis and Dr. Jim Orsini, expressed delight by the new trustees support and participation in grant-making and scholarship oversight and, along with the current TERF trustees, enthusiastically look forward to working with them to advance the mission of the foundation.