The Equine Medical Director (EMD) will develop, direct the implementation of, and ensure enforcement of equine health and safety policies for CDI. As such, the EMD will be charged with the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the safety and integrity of racing and training at all Churchill Downs, Inc. racetracks which include:
Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, KY Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, IL Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA Presque Isle Downs in Erie, PA Ocean Downs in Ocean City, MD Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Lebanon, OH and Oak Grove Racing and Gaming in Oak Grove, KY
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Foster regular communication with CDI leadership and track management, state regulatory agencies, and industry stakeholders in order to ensure proactive development, communication of, and enforcement of safety and integrity policies;
Facilitate advocacy for adoption of safety and medication policy changes with regulatory agencies;
Participate with race track management in areas relating to the safety and condition of racetrack facilities and surfaces;
Liaise with practicing veterinarians on medication and safety issues;
Coordinate racing related safety reviews of all track facilities;
Manage incident investigation and coordination of data collection as needed to enhance equine health and safety
Provide oversight of compliance with individual track veterinary protocols, including infectious disease control and quarantine procedures.
Educational and Communication Responsibilities
A significant component of the position will involve ongoing education regarding research findings relevant to enhancing equine health and safety and communication of best practices to CDI track stakeholders, including the racing community and the public.
Coordinate and recommend research to enhance racing and training safety;
Establish a continuing educational program for practicing veterinarians and horsemen that fosters the highest standards of safety;
Serve as CDI representative to national racing health and safety organizations;
Interact with other industry equine medical directors;
Participate in intelligence gathering and sharing on emerging threats in equine sport, particularly with respect to illicit practices and banned substances;
Host meetings with horsemen about medication regulation, proposed rule changes and general education; and
Interface with the media and general public.
The EMD will be required to possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary Medical Doctor or equivalent degree
The EMD will be required to have a minimum of 10 years' experience in equine medicine
Significant experience with racing regulations and medical oversight; including knowledge of drug-testing protocols and comprehensive understanding of racing injuries
Ability to closely monitor horse injuries and the racing environment to develop new innovative solutions, services, processes and programs to protect the health and welfare of the horse
Minimum of 5 years in racetrack experience, preferably as a practicing veterinarian.
The successful candidate will possess:
Demonstrated ability in leadership
Excellent communication skills including training in media relations
A strong foundation in principles of business management, including delivery of strategic direction and implementation of all business operations and financial policies, practices, and procedures.
This position will be a full time position. The individual will be required to work on weekends and holidays and other days during the week as needed to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Salary will be commensurate with experience. EMD reports to Executive Director of Racing.
Qualifications Experience Required
5 years: Racetrack experience, preferably as a practicing veterinarian 10 years: Experience in equine medicine
Internal Number: EQUIN02956
About Churchill Downs, Inc.
One signature race…
Two iconic Spires…
More than a century of grand tradition and spectacle…
And that’s just the opening chapter of the Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) story.
The Evolution of CDI
CDI’s history is well-known. Its namesake racetrack, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., opened in 1875 and during its inaugural race meet featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today.
Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.
As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:
The country’s leading online wagering business, TwinSpires.com;
A video poker business
A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) faciliti...es; and
A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations.
CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Washington.