‘Welfare of the Horse … Above All Else’
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) honored Mary Scollay, DVM, with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award during its 2020 Annual Convention & Trade Show, which was held virtually.
A 1984 graduate of the college, Dr. Scollay is currently serving her fourth term on the AAEP’s Racing Committee, having initially joined the committee in 1997. She contributes to racing broadcasts as an On Call veterinary spokesperson. She has also co-authored several AAEP white papers on racehorse health and welfare and related reference documents for equine veterinarians.
Dr. Scollay also serves on the AAEP’s Professional Conduct & Ethics Committee. Previously, she chaired the Infectious Disease Committee and served on the Equine Welfare Committee.
Dr. Scollay is executive director and COO of the Lexington, Ky.-based Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. The RMTC focuses on research, education and advocacy for science-based initiatives that promote the health and safety of racehorses and the integrity of competition.
Prior to joining the RMTC in 2019, Dr. Scollay spent 11 years as the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s first equine medical director. She also served as senior veterinarian at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park in south Florida for 13 years. While in Florida, she conceptualized and developed the forerunner to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, to which she has served as a veterinary consultant since its launch in 2008.
“With her unwavering philosophy that the health and welfare of the horse remains paramount above all else, Dr. Scollay has provided many years of outstanding service to the veterinary profession, steadfast dedication to the equine industry, and deep commitment to the mission of the AAEP,” said nominator Dr. Patricia Marquis.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., has over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.