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Dr. Kerry Peterson Joins Commission as Indiana’s Equine Medical Director

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:30am

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) recently hired Kerry Peterson, D.V.M as their Equine Medical Director. Dr. Peterson, a seasoned veterinarian, brings with her over fifteen years of experience with equine and small animal private practice and regulatory veterinary medicine. She most recently served as the Medical Director and Veterinarian of 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 at the IHRC. 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, 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,” stated IHRC’s Executive Director Deena Pitman.

In her role as Equine Medical Director, Dr. 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 be dividing her time between Indiana’s two pari-mutual tracks as well as the Commission’s Indianapolis office and can be contacted at KePeterson@hrc.IN.gov.

“I’m excited to join the Indiana Horse Racing Commission as their Equine Medical Director. Horse racing has always been a passion of mine. 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,” said Dr. Peterson about her new role.


The Indiana Horse Racing Commission ensures that pari-mutuel wagering on horse races in Indiana will be conducted with the highest of standards and the greatest level of integrity.

For more information, see the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s website: http://www.in.gov/hrc

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