Tom Yarbrough, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, has joined Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES) as clinical director, effective Aug. 19.

Yarbrough is an equine surgeon with extensive experience treating racehorses. The CRES, located in Elmont, New York, near the Belmont Park, is an extension of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

As clinical director, Yarbrough will work with the chief medical officer to develop a strategic plan for CRES and he will be responsible for its day-to-day implementation. In addition, Yarbrough is charged with developing clientele and referring veterinary groups, providing outreach and consultation in surgical services, and leading the clinical program at CRES.

As senior veterinarian, Yarbrough will expand the practice’s capacity in orthopedic surgery, and imagery as well as diseases of the airway, minimally invasive techniques, and ophthalmologic and abdominal surgery.

He has published in academic journals on topics ranging from synovitis, imaging, minimally invasive surgery and airway disease. Yarbrough’s previous research has examined chondrocytes response to mechanical stimulation as a means of developing techniques to help resurface diseased cartilage.

“My driving reason for joining the Ruffian Center was the desire to be involved in a multidisciplinary endeavor integrating private practice efficiency with university specialization to bring a high quality health care product to the Thoroughbred racing industry,” said Yarbrough.

Yarbrough earned his DVM at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University and is a diplomate of the American College of Veteri