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Foster Northrop, DVM


Foster Northrop

Foster Northrop, DVM

Starlight Racing, StarLadies Racing

Foster Northrop, DVM is an equine veterinarian practicing primarily on thoroughbred race horses at Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY), Keeneland (Lexington, KY) and Palm Meadows (Boynton Beach, FL). He spent 16 years practicing with Dr. Mark Cheney before starting his own practice, Northrop Equine PLLC, in December of 2008.

Dr. Northrop is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a member of the football team from 1980-1984. After graduating from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, he spent time in Africa doing big game research while working for the television show Wild Kingdom. He then spent a period of time at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

Dr. Northrop got his start in the equine industry in 1989 working under Dr. John R. Steele, primarily on Standardbred racehorses, but additionally on world-renowned show horses in Wellington, Florida.

He served four years on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Committee and in 2008 was appointed by Governor Steven Beshear of Kentucky to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He stayed on to serve on the KHRC under Governor Matt Bevins, and continues to serve today under Governor Andy Beshear. Dr. Northrop, an Eagle Scout, also currently serves on the Executive Board of the Lincoln Heritage Council, and is on the Board of Directors for the Sportsmen’s Alliance.

He served eight years as the Vice Chairman of the Racing Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and is currently on the AAEP Board of Directors. Dr. Northrop, along with Dr. Scott Palmer, received the 2010 Presidents Award from the AAEP. 

In addition, Dr. Northrop spends much of his time speaking across the country about horse welfare and promoting the racing industry under the philosophy of putting the horse first.

Dr. Northrop’s passion for the outdoors led him to his farm in Crestwood, Kentucky where he resides with his wife, Megan, and their three children: daughters Natalie and Tate, and son Colton.