Veterinary Advisory Committee

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) is pleased to announce a two member veterinary advisory committee that will be in charge of rules and regulations pertaining to the safety and well-being of one of the most important equine breeds, the Tennessee Walking Horse.

The panel consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, D.V.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, D.V.M.

Johnson is an equine veterinarian with nearly 50 years experience with degrees from the University of Georgia (D.V.M.), Iowa State University (M.S.), and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

A tenured professor prior to entering private practice in 1979 in Lexington, Kentucky, Johnson taught equine surgery for sixteen years at five universities: University of Pennsylvania, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Auburn University, and University of Missouri.

Hammock is an equine surgeon based in Louisville, Tennessee and according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel is regarded as one of the top surgeons in his field according to racing insiders. Some of his past patients include former Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide and Dubai World Cup winner Curlin.

Hammock holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (B.S. and D.V.M.), the University of Illinois (M.S.) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.