AAEP Convention Attracts Nearly 6,600 to Music City

The 59th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), held Dec. 7–11 in Nashville, Tenn., attracted 6,592 veterinary professionals, guests, and exhibitors, making it the fourth largest convention in the AAEP’s history.

In addition to four days of education covering topics ranging from pain management to sport horse medicine, the convention featured famed horse trainer Buck Brannaman as the keynote speaker. Renowned lameness expert Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, delivered the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

“Planning for each convention begins 18 months in advance,” said David Foley, AAEP executive director. “I extend sincere appreciation to this year’s program chair, Dr. Jeff Blea (DVM), and the Educational Programs Committee for developing an extremely well received and comprehensive experience. This year’s convention was simply one of the best.”

Highlights from the 2013 convention include:

The installation of new officers and board members. Blea, of Sierra Madre, Calif., was installed as the 60th president. Other members of the 2014 Executive Committee are president elect Kent Carter, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of College Station, Texas; vice president Kathy Anderson, DVM, of Elkton, Md.; treasurer Jim Morehead, DVM, Lexington, Ky.; and immediate past president Ann E. Dwyer, DVM, of Scottsville, N.Y.

New members of the board of directors are Mark Baus, DVM, of Bridgewater, Conn., and Stuart E. Brown II, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.

Annual awards presented. The association honored several veterinarians during the Dec. 10 President’s Luncheon:

  • Distinguished Life Member: Benjamin Franklin Jr., DVM
  • Distinguished Service Award: Harry W. Werner, VMD
  • Distinguished Educator Award – Academic: Frank Nickels, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
  • Distinguished Educator Award – Mentor: Barrie D. Grant, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS
  • President’s Award: Edward W. Kanara, DVM, Dipl. ABVP

Fundraising events for the AAEP Foundation. The live auction held during the Foundation Celebration, along with clay shooting tournament and individual donations, combined to raise $84,000 to benefit the foundation’s outreach programs.

The AAEP’s 60th Annual Convention will take place Dec. 6–10, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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