AAEP Honors Two With New Service Award

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named R. Bruce Hollett, DVM, MS, and Mrs. Lucy Kester as the recipients of its first-ever Distinguished Service Award.  The honor recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary service to the AAEP or a similar organization to the benefit of the horse, horse industry, or the profession of equine veterinary medicine.  Dr. Hollett and Mrs. Kester will be recognized at the November 28 President's Luncheon during the 46th Annual AAEP Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

“The AAEP is pleased to recognize two people who have tirelessly dedicated their time and talents to help others succeed,” said Gary Norwood, DVM, past president and chairman of the 2000 Nominating Committee.  “Dr. Hollett and Mrs. Kester embody the spirit of service that this award seeks to honor.”

Dr. Hollett is an associate professor in the University of Georgia (UGA) Department of Large Animal Medicine and is director of continuing education for the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has also served as the equine extension veterinarian for the UGA Cooperative Extension Service and the resident veterinarian for Stone Farm in Paris, Ky.  Dr. Hollett's extensive involvement in the AAEP includes service on the Educational Programs, Scientific Programs and Resident Veterinarians committees.

Mrs. Kester, widow of Brigadier General Wayne O. Kester, worked in the AAEP office as office manager for over 15 years.  During Brigadier General Kester's tenure as AAEP executive director, the AAEP office was based in their home in Golden, Co.  Mrs. Kester remains active in the horse industry and serves on the executive board of the Akhal Teke Association of America.

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