PROFILE: Dr. Lynda Blythe, a professor of neuroscience at Oregon State University, was president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and, at the time of her induction, was chair of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
HISTORY: Dr. Blythe’s work with greyhounds began in the early 1980’s when she began researching greyhound medications with Dr. Morrie Craig for the Oregon Racing Commission, with the assistance of Multnomah Greyhound Racetrack, many other greyhound research projects followed.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Dr. Blythe’s research revealed foreign substances in the food chain resulting in positive tests that did not affect racing ability and thus sweeping changes were made in racing laws and policies in several states. In collaboration with the American Greyhound council, Dr. Blythe produced the International Greyhound Research Database in 1989, listing greyhound research projects. She continues to update the database on a regular basis. She was one of the authors of the textbook “Care Of the Racing Greyhound, as well as its sequel, Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound. At the World Greyhound Racing Federation Conference in London in 1990, Prince Edward presented Dr. Blythe with the Diploma of Excellence for her distinguished work with greyhounds.