Kerry Peterson Hired as Indiana Equine Medical Director


The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced June 1 it has hired Dr. Kerry Peterson as its equine medical director.

Peterson, a seasoned veterinarian, brings with her more than 15 years of experience with equine and small animal private practice and regulatory veterinary medicine. She most recently served as the medical director and veterinarian for Pet Wellness Clinics, which has nine locations in Central Indiana. In addition, her past regulatory experience includes director of animal health programs for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

“We are excited to have Dr. Peterson join our team,” said IHRC executive director Deena Pitman. “It is essential to have full time guidance from a talented individual who has the necessary education and background to assist our agency in animal and safety welfare. Dr. Peterson will serve as an available regulatory resource in working with racing officials, practicing veterinarians, and horsemen regarding current rules and proposed medication rules, and assist the commission in navigating the safety and animal welfare issues being proposed nationally. This position is critical to Indiana maintaining the high level of integrity and standards we have built within our racing industry over the years.” 

In her role as equine medical director, Peterson will be providing oversight for all commission-related veterinary and equine health needs including testing procedures, compliance, enforcement of commission regulations, and spearheading new programs affecting equine welfare. She will divide her time between Indiana’s two pari-mutuel tracks as well as the commission’s Indianapolis office and can be contacted at [email protected]

“I’m excited to join the Indiana Horse Racing Commission as their equine medical director. Horse racing has always been a passion of mine,” said Peterson. “I’m looking forward to working with the Indiana horse racing industry stakeholders to help improve the safety and welfare of the horses and the integrity of the sport.”

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