Chambers named ORC Manager of Veterinary Services

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.

"The ORC and the racing community are extremely fortunate to have retained a veterinarian professional with the qualifications of Adam Chambers," said ORC Deputy Director Rob McKinney. "This joint effort with CPMA will certainly benefit both organizations, in our mutual efforts to protect the integrity of horse racing."

CPMA Executive Director Steve Suttie agrees: "Now, more than ever, it is important that we capitalize on opportunities to work collaboratively with provincial regulators to maintain an effective and efficient equine drug control program. We look forward to working closely with the ORC on this initiative, and to exploring other opportunities with all provincial regulators that support both the federal and provincial mandates."

Suttie also was pleased to point out that Mike Weber, DVM, who was instrumental in developing the Canadian drug control program, has agreed to delay his planned retirement to work alongside Chambers during this transition period.

Chambers is enthusiastic about his new responsibilities: "Ontario is recognized worldwide as a leader in innovative solutions to regulatory issues, and it is exciting to be a part of it. As well, I am looking forward to working with the racing community to help shape new advancements in the area of horse health and welfare."

Prior to joining the ORC, he worked for a number of years in private practice at Woodbine Racetrack, and earlier in California. Chambers is a graduate of the University of Glasgow (Scotland) with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery.

Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.