F. Richard Lesser, DVM, has been an equine practitioner for 25 years, since graduating from Cornell University 's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He and his wife, Marilyn Schmidt, DVM (Cornell 1978), founded the Equine Clinic at OakenCroft which is located in Ravena, New York. The clinic employs six staff veterinarians, an intern and numerous support staff who provide ambulatory and in-house services to performance horses, broodmares, and pleasure horses alike.
Dr. Lesser is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). He currently serves as the Chairman of the National Commission on Veterinary Economics Issues/AAEP Task Force, the Facilitator of the Practice Management Forum, and a member of the Student Relations and Educational Programs Committees. He is a frequent speaker to veterinarians and veterinary students around the country on a variety of management issues facing equine practice.
Dr. Lesser holds an adjunct position at SUNY Cobleskill where he teaches courses in equine health. He has recently served as an advisor to the Curriculum Committee at the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell.
Dr. Lesser is also the Chair of Veterinary Management Group VII, a group of 21 similar equine practices from around the country dedicated to the betterment of equine practice.
Marilyn Schmidt died suddenly in September 2005. Rick, along with their two sons, Craig (16) and Evan (20), and a daughter Taryn (11) enjoy a variety of horse disciplines including hunters, roping and trail riding. They are also kept busy at home with their farm (153 acres), skiing, 4-H and livestock shows (horses, sheep and chickens), Scouting, soccer, church and other school activities.
Dr. Lesser became a member of the Zweig Committee in 2004.