AAEP Brings Horseman's Day To San Antonio

Health-care education for horse owners will take center stage when the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) holds its first-ever Horseman's Day, November 30, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas. Designed for the horse owner and caregiver, Horseman's Day features leading veterinary experts delivering the latest news in equine health.

"Today's owner wants to know more about keeping their horse healthy and happy, and the AAEP is committed to delivering accurate and quality information to veterinarians and horse owners alike, " said Benjamin Franklin, Jr, DVM, AAEP President. "An educated owner working in partnership with an equine veterinarian provides the best health-care situation for the horse. "

Sponsored by Merial Ltd., Horseman's Day offers six one-hour sessions, with each featuring a question-and-answer period. The program topics and speakers are:

  • "EPM: The Latest and Greatest." Dr. Stephen Reed, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH.
  • "Soundness Problems of the Western Performance Horse." Dr. Jerry Black, Pioneer Equine Clinic, Oakdale, Calif.
  • "Trailer Loading Made Easy." Dr. Andy Anderson, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • "What Owners Need to Know about Laminitis." Dr. William Moyer, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas.
  • Preventing Colic: A Texas Perspective." Dr. Noah Cohen, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas.
  • "Equine Nutrition in the New Millennium." Dr. Pete Gibbs, Texas A&M College of Animal and Life Sciences, College Station, Texas.

"Merial recognizes the benefits to horse health when educated horse owners work in partnership with equine veterinarians," explained Graham Lumsden, Global Equine Director at Merial. "With so many new equine health issues being discussed these days, such as gastric ulcers, EPM, and West Nile Virus, horse owners are relying on their veterinarians to keep their horses healthy and performing to their full potential.

The six speakers at the AAEP Horseman's Day will provide a wealth of expertise with an up-to-date review of topics of interest to all horse owners. Merial is delighted to be involved in this first program of a new era in education for the equine industry, and looks forward to helping to bring similar events to other regions of the country."

Horseman's Day, which is being held in conjunction with the AAEP 46th Annual Convention, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Marriott River Center Hotel in downtown San Antonio. The registration fee for clients of AAEP-member veterinarians, AAEP members and convention attendees is $35; the registration fee for all others is $50. Registration includes lunch and educational materials. To register for Horseman's Day, visit the AAEP web site at www.aaep.org or call the AAEP office at 800-443-0177.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its 6,500 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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