The American Horse Council issued a press release today, from which this information has been harvested. Congratulations to Dr. Mitchell and AHC:
International veterinarian Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, has been named to the American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees. Dr. Mitchell has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian. This summer's Olympic Games in London will mark his fifth visit to the Olympics as an attending veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Team (USET).
Dr. Mitchell will replace David O'Connor, President of the United States Equestrian Federation, on the AHC board. "David has been very important to the AHC board and we appreciate his service and counsel," noted Russell Williams, AHC chair.
"The AHC is very pleased to have Dr. Mitchell on the board," said AHC president Jay Hickey. "Dr. Mitchell has been chair of the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee for several years and provided great advice and experience. He is a real ?two-for' in that he has veterinary expertise in equine diseases and international experience at the highest level of competition. As the equine show world gets smaller, that is the type of experience the AHC is fortunate to have."
Dr. Mitchell was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and lived there throughout childhood, participating in fox-hunting, and hunter/jumper competitions into adulthood.
After attending Guilford College, where he majored in biology, Dr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been in private veterinary practice limited to equine medicine and surgery with an emphasis on lameness, at Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, CT since 1989, where he is president.
Dr. Mitchell is internationally certified in veterinary acupuncture and equine locomotor pathology and has authored many nationally and internationally published articles and textbook chapters on equine health care.
Besides serving on various boards, including the United States Equestrian Federation, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Dr. Mitchell is a founding member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP).
"I am pleased to be on the AHC Board and hope I can continue to make even more of a contribution to the AHC and the horse community," said Dr. Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell is married, has two children and three grandchildren.