Dr. Larry Bramlage Honored as AAEP Distinguished Life Member

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Past President Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, was recognized yesterday for his extensive contributions to veterinary medicine and the AAEP. He received the organization's Distinguished Life Member award during the President's Luncheon at the 54th Annual AAEP Convention, which concludes today in San Diego, Calif.

"Dr. Bramlage has made innumerable contributions to the AAEP for many years," said David Foley, AAEP executive director. "Not only has he been instrumental in many of our successes in recent years, but he has also represented us incredibly well in several facets of the industry. He has been a true credit to AAEP and is extremely deserving of this honor."

An AAEP member since 1976, Bramlage has been very active within the association. In addition to serving as president in 2004, he has either served or chaired the AAEP's Public Policy, Insurance, Nominating, President's Advisory, Convention Planning, Abstract Review, and Finance committees. Bramlage has also served on the AAEP's Racing and Purchase Exam task forces.

Bramlage is a committed AAEP On Call team member, providing veterinary expertise to broadcast media at major equine sporting events, including the Triple Crown races, each year. He has become a major figure in televised Thoroughbred racing since providing timely and accurate information to many national media outlets during the injury of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. His professionalism and ability to convey a sense of calm in a crisis has gained him praise and respect.

Bramlage is a 1975 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and received a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University (MS). He also is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Dipl. ACVS).

Bramlage is an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon, and he is a partner in Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, located in Lexington, Ky. In recognition of his dedication and contributions to Thoroughbred racing, he was awarded the 1994 Jockey Club Gold Medal. He is also chairman of the Research Advisory Committee of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. His additional honors include the 1997 Tierlink Hochmoor Prize for his work regarding the internal fixation of fractures, the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus award from The Ohio State University, Alumni Fellow Award from Kansas State University, and the British Equine Veterinary Association's Special Award of Merit. He also was elected to membership in the Jockey Club in 2002.

The AAEP, also headquartered in Lexington, was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research, and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

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