Occ. Code 1203300




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            This title is a one-position class responsible for the overall coordination, review, oversight, regulatory reform, research, education, and communication in relation to the health and safety of horses and riders in the New York State racing industry.        


This position is classified at the New York State Gaming Commission (Commission).




CHIEF VETERINARIAN: one position class; under the direction of the  senior level executive staff, the position manages all facets of equine health, safety, and welfare at New York State racetracks and advises Commission members and staff on all related issues including medication policies, the safety and condition of racetrack facilities and surfaces, supervision of all on-track regulatory veterinarians and the New York State Equine Drug Testing Program laboratory, including equine testing procedures, compliance with all regulatory veterinary protocols, and analysis of incidents and the necropsy program.. 




·       Develops, communicates and enforces medication policies in consultation with the Commission.


·       Directs the evaluation of the safety and condition of racetrack facilities and surfaces.


·       Administratively supervises all on-track regulatory veterinarians.


·       Administratively supervises and evaluates the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research laboratory including equine testing procedures.


·       Oversees compliance with all regulatory veterinary protocols including infectious disease control and quarantine procedures.


·       Oversees and analyzes the incident reporting system and equine necropsy program, and coordinates additional data collection as needed to enhance equine health and safety.


·       Directs ongoing education regarding research findings relevant to enhancing equine health and safety, and communication of best practices to all segments of the racing community and public.




Non-Competitive: a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and/or Veterinary Medical Doctor with a minimum of 10-15 years of experience in equine sports medicine, and  license  to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New York.




Date:  11/15





NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.