Ruffian Equine Clinic Celebrates Successful First Year

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, located next to Belmont Park, celebrated its first year in business on June 25.
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Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists celebrated its first year in business on June 25 with an event held at the practice, located right across the street from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Guests included Long Island-area owners, trainers, veterinarians, and other horse lovers.

The program featured talks by three Ruffian specialists and Scott Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP, the equine medical director for the New York State Gaming Commission; all four are members of the faculty at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

Dean Michael Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD, announced that the client entrance at hospital would be named the Dan and Jane Burke Foyer, in recognition of the couple’s support for equine programs at CVM. It’s a longstanding relationship: The dean noted that Dan Burke brought his first horse to Cornell in the early 1950s.

Hempstead, New York, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney presented Kotlikoff and Chief Medical Officer Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the town board. The clinic “really is a gem,” said King Sweeney, who is a horse owner herself

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