Three Join AAEP Board of Directors

Duane Chappell, DVM; Foster Northrop, DVM; and Deborah Spike-Pierce, DVM, MBA, were installed as members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ board of directors during the Nov. 20 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 63rd Annual Convention, in San Antonio, Texas. They will each serve three-year terms that will expire in 2020.

Chappell is an equine technical services veterinarian with Merck Animal Health.

After receiving his veterinary degree from Purdue University in 1984, Chappell managed solo and mixed group practices in the Midwest before serving as resident veterinarian at Richland Ranch Quarter Horse farm and senior clinician/practice manager at Auburn Veterinary Service, both in Auburn, Illinois. He spent four years as an assistant professor at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, before joining Merck Animal Health in 2014.

An AAEP member since 1992, Chappell serves on the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council and chairs its student scholarship program. He previously volunteered his expertise as a member of the AAEP’s Dentistry and Infectious Disease committees.

Northrop is the founding owner of Northrop Equine PLLC, an ambulatory racehorse and sport horse practice based in Louisville, Kentucky.

After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1989, Northrop joined John R. Steele & Associates, in Vernon, New York, where he provided care to Standardbred racehorses and show horses of all disciplines. In 1992, he relocated to Louisville and spent 16 years practicing on Thoroughbred racehorses and sport horses with Mark Cheney, DVM, before starting his own practice in 2008.

He is a member and former vice chair of the AAEP’s Racing Committee, his contributions to which were recognized when he received the AAEP President’s Award in 2010. He also serves on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of advisors. He previously served as a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee.

Spike-Pierce is an ambulatory practitioner and shareholder with Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Spike-Pierce received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1993 and practiced for a year at a Standardbred racetrack before interning at Rood & Riddle. She spent three years as an assistant to Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, focusing primarily in equine lameness and imaging, before embarking on her ambulatory practice in Thoroughbred yearlings and sales work in 1998. She will discontinue clinical practice in 2018 to assume practice management responsibilities.

Spike-Pierce is a member of the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee and previously served as chair of the Student Relations Committee and on the Membership Development Committee and Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council. She is a former president of both the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), and currently serves as president of the KVMA Foundation and as a member of the KVMA Legislative Committee.

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