Dr. Dana Stead, DVM, has been named Equine Safety and Integrity Veterinarian, according to Churchill Downs Wednesday. In this role, Stead will provide veterinarian support and oversight at all CDI-owned racetracks including at Churchill Downs. Stead joins CDI's Equine Medical Director Dr. William Farmer, DVM, supporting equine safety at the Company's Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks across the U.S. Stead will begin his new role on Feb. 5.
“I look forward to working together with the horsemen and women across all of CDI's properties and am dedicated to promoting and ensuring the well-being and safety of each of our equine and human athletes,” said Stead.
With over 16 years in equine veterinary medicine, Stead also was the owner and operator of his own veterinary practice, serving multiple California-based racetracks, including Santa Anita Park and Del Mar. During that period, his responsibilities ranged from conducting pre-race examinations, emergency triage and serving as the racing veterinary supervisor for 25,000 races, with over 200,000 starters.
Stead, who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, has also been a member of the Breeders' Cup veterinary team for 14 of the last 15 years.