Chambers named ORC Manager of Veterinary Services

Adam Chambers, DVM, has served as the commission veterinarian at Woodbine Racetrack since 2010.

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The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) announced yesterday (Jan. 9) that Adam Chambers, DVM, has been named manager of veterinary services.

Having served the racing community as the commission veterinarian at Woodbine Racetrack since 2010, he will now move to take on responsibility for all ORC veterinary programs, including:

  • The Death Registry, which requires a review of all horses who die within 60 days of racing in Ontario, which provides valuable research data that aids in improving horse health;
  • The Out-Of-Competition Program, which allows the testing of horses, outside the normal federal programs, where change of performance or probable cause warrant investigation;
  • The Unknown Substance Testing Program, which provides funds and process to provide for the testing of unknown substances received as a result of an investigation;
  • The Racehorse Inspection Program, which standardizes and coordinates the results of physical inspections, both pre- and post-racing; and
  • The Clenbuterol Testing Program in Quarter Horse racing.

Chambers will serve as a liaison with other racing jurisdictions, regulatory agencies, and stakeholders in matters concerning equine medication control, and horse health and welfare issues. He will also work closely with Bruce Duncan, DVM, the supervisor of commission Standardbred veterinarians.

In order to reduce regulatory costs, Chambers will split his time as a shared resource with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), serving in a part-time capacity as the research manager at the federal Equine Research Centre in Jerseyville, Ontario

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