Scott E. Palmer, V.M.D. is a 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He has acquired international recognition for his studies in equine sports injuries, arthroscopy, laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery using lasers. He is Hospital Director and a staff surgeon at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, where he has practiced for 33 years. His achievements and dedication to equine medicine have twice earned him the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners “Veterinarian of the Year” award. Dr. Palmer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, first certified in Equine Practice in 1989 re-certified in 1999 and once again in 2008.
Dr. Palmer has a long tradition of volunteer service to organized veterinary medicine and the horse community. He was President of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners, a board member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and served as a trustee of the New Jersey Veterinary Education Foundation. He also served as a member of the Council of Regents and as President of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is a Past President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, an international association of more than 10,000 veterinarians and veterinary students in 57 countries worldwide. While serving as the 51st President of the AAEP in 2005, Dr. Palmer expanded the availability of AAEP continuing education to veterinarians around the world and presided over the first Unwanted Horse Summit in Washington DC. He currently serves as the chair of the AAEP Racing Committee. During the 2009 AAEP Annual Convention, Dr. Palmer was awarded the AAEP Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Palmer was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Dr. Palmer has published more than 25 scientific papers and written numerous book chapters in veterinary textbooks. He has presented scientific and educational topics at equine seminars worldwide, including the World Equine Veterinary Association Congress in Moscow in 2008. In 1996 Dr. Palmer presented the 14th Paatsma Honorary Lecture at the Annual Convention of the Scandinavian Association of Veterinary Practitioners in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to veterinary medicine. In 1997 he organized the surgical section of the Dubai International Equine Symposium held in the United Arab Emirates. In 2002 Dr. Palmer served as the guest editor for the inaugural edition of the veterinary journal “Clinical Techniques in Equine Practice,” focusing on the use of lasers in equine surgery. Recently, Dr. Palmer was appointed as a member of the editorial advisory committee of the international equine veterinary journal “Equine Veterinary Education.”
Dr. Palmer also plays a vital role in the “On Call” program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. This program provides veterinary expertise for live media coverage of major equine sporting events. Dr. Palmer is most often “On Call” for Harness and Thoroughbred racing at the Meadowlands or at Monmouth Park Racetracks. He has served as a member of the broadcast team for CBS & NBC Sports, ESPN, The Fox Network and the Learning Channel.
Dr. Palmer is committed to providing scholarship and educational opportunities for both undergraduate and veterinary students. He regularly hosts students from Gettysburg College and the University of Pennsylvania for externship experiences. In 2003, he founded the "New Jersey Equine Clinic Opportunity Scholarship." This 4-year scholarship was first awarded to Dr. Tarant Gassert, who following graduation from veterinary school, completed an internship at New Bolton Center and is now practicing in Kentucky. The second recipient of the "New Jersey Equine Clinic Opportunity Scholarship" is Ms. Amy Santonastaso, now a fourth year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Palmer is the co-chair of the Opportunity Scholarship Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gettysburg College.