Santa Anita bolsters safety team with new 'senior veterinarian'

POSTED ON  |  07-09-2019

Santa Anita
The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27. Santa Anita, which has led the way in enacting state of the art equine protocols and best practices, will again be fielding a team of veterinarians which will be overseeing on-track training and racing on a daily basis.  

“In addition to Dr. Bohannon, we have a wealth of veterinary expertise working as part of our team here at Santa Anita,” said Benson. “Dr. Bohannon’s day to day role will be to work with our Association veterinarians to ensure the best possible on-track coverage during training and racing. “She will often cover on-track training in the morning as well as assist our primary Track Veterinarian, Dr. (Dana) Stead, in order to provide coverage during live racing.  Additionally, she will assist with morning examinations for both racing and training.”

Bohannon, who received her DVM from Colorado State University, completed her internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, CA, and completed her residency in Surgery at UC Davis. Along with a Clinical Fellowship at Oregon State University, Bohannon has practiced in both private and regulatory veterinary medicine at California racetracks. Benson further noted that in addition to Bohannon and Stead, several other veterinarians will be taking on key roles, both during training and racing.

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