QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking a veterinarian (DVM or equivalent) with comprehensive knowledge of the horse racing industry, preferably in California, including equine practice experience, demonstrated knowledge of equine drug testing and the pharmacology of medications commonly used in performance horse practice; racing regulations; and commitment to support and advance research that enhances the safety and welfare of equine athletes.
The Equine Medical Director is a University of California employee within the School of Veterinary Medicine who serves as the liaison between the School of Veterinary Medicine and its Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Testing program, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), and the horse racing industry in California.
The successful candidate should have at least 10 years of veterinary experience with the horse racing industry and be a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association (or equivalent professional organization). The successful candidate must be capable of providing leadership including clinical expertise and supervisory experience to design, monitor, and evaluate a drug-testing program for the California horse racing industry. This includes administrative experience/acumen to effectively and ethically manage a complex regulatory drug testing program; experience working effectively with executive leaders, boards of directors, veterinarians, scientists, and horse trainers and owners; an ability to develop and make policy recommendations; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to work collegially with diverse constituents. Demonstrated commitment to, or achievement in, diversity, equity and inclusion is required. UC Davis is committed to supporting a diverse community with an emphasis on recruiting scholars who will make a significant contribution to diversity through the advancement of underrepresented groups.
The successful candidate will be expected to travel frequently between CHRB regulated facilities, CHRB offices in Sacramento, CA, and the UC Davis campus.
Oversight, Compliance Assessment, and Monitoring
Supervise CHRB official veterinarians and monitor the receiving barns under the direction of the CHRB; authority and jurisdiction to supervise the practicing licensed veterinarians and other licensees involved in veterinary care; assist enforcement of CHRB rules and regulations relating to veterinary practices. Recommend discipline to the CHRB for the licensed veterinarians who fail to comply with CHRB rules and regulations, and accepted veterinary practices.
Monitor the CHRB equine drug testing program including the UC Davis Maddy Laboratory and any other laboratories contracted for sample analysis or related activities. Advise the CHRB on all aspects of the drug testing program including the analysis of laboratory data. Review, evaluate, and monitor the testing program of the official laboratory and any supplemental laboratories providing testing for the CHRB. Conduct periodic inspections of the contract laboratories as requested by the CHRB and report such findings to the CHRB after each inspection. Develop a program of parallel testing as part of the quality assurance program, as needed.
Assess the veterinary medical services program provided by practicing veterinarians, both as to quality and adequacy. Monitor the CHRB necropsy program and facilitate exchange of information between the CHRB and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Provide a summary report of activities related to the health and welfare of racehorses to the commissioners at scheduled CHRB meetings.
Provide technical assistance, expert testimony, status reports, and recommendations. Attend appropriate national and international meetings and conferences on equine drug testing and equine health and welfare. Keep the CHRB abreast of emerging threats and scientific advances relevant to the responsibilities of the CHRB to regulate horse racing. Report on issues of significance to California horse racing. Evaluate and recommend to the CHRB the types of tests and the drugs that need to be tested by the contract laboratory(s). Evaluate and recommend for approval, laboratories which will provide confirmatory testing for the split sample program.
Strategic Planning and Policy Recommendations
Consult with CHRB investigators and the California Attorney General’s Office on regulatory actions undertaken by the CHRB. Advise the CHRB at public meetings and in Executive Session on regulatory actions concerning veterinary practices and drug testing violations. Advise the CHRB on security measures to ensure compliance with CHRB regulations and State of California laws governing medication, drugs, and other veterinary related practices under the CHRB jurisdiction. Evaluate and recommend proper security policies and procedures relating to the acquisition, testing, confirming, analysis, and reporting of prohibited substances. Provide long range planning for the development of an overall equine drug testing program for the State of California.
UC Davis is ranked 10th nationally among public universities in research funding. The city of Davis has a population of 65,000 and is situated in a beautiful pastoral setting. The University’s student population is approximately 32,000. The campus lies adjacent to the city of Davis, 14 miles west of Sacramento, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to multiple world-class research and academic institutions providing additional collaborative opportunities.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by March 1, 2020; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names of three to four references (addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses); and 4) a statement summarizing their experience and professional contributions in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Application materials should be submitted by using the University’s online submission program at, https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers, Job ID: 5516.
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
944 Garrod Drive, Davis, CA 95616
The University of California, Davis and the School of Veterinary Medicine, are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.