New Advisory Board Members Appointed

A new board will serve in an advisory capacity to The Horse magazine. Each of these American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) members is volunteering to mentor the publication by answering questions and helping us understand topics of importance to horse owners. Each person brings a wealth of knowledge and years of service to the industry. We will maintain our previous group of volunteer advisors as a Resources Board to provide information and evaluate and critique the information we publish.

Following are the members of the AAEP Advisory Board.

Atwood C. Asbury, DVM, Dipl. ACT (reproduction), is Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and a consultant to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. He obtained his veterinary degree in 1956 from Michigan State University. He has been a lecturer and assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, and was in private large animal practice in California. At the University of Florida he was interim dean, associate dean for alumni and public programs, department chair, and chief of staff in the large animal hospital. His research career centered on equine reproduction, especially the defense mechanisms of the equine uterus, expanding what is known about endometritis.

Fairfield Bain, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC, is board certified in internal medicine, equine critical care, and pathology. He received a DVM from Auburn University in 1983. After graduation, he pursued years of advanced training, with an internship at North Carolina State University, a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Florida, a residency in veterinary pathology at Kansas State University, and a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative pathology at Wake Forest University's School of Medicine. He practiced at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla., and at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center (lecturer in diagnostic ultrasonography). He now works in the internal medicine facility at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., as a staff internist and clinical laboratory director.

Benjamin Franklin Jr., DVM, graduated from Auburn University in 1967 and went into private equine practice with Dr. M.B. Teigland. Franklin became a partner in Teigland, Franklin, and Brokken in 1973. During the 1980s, that practice worked almost entirely at South Florida racetracks. He retired from active practice in 1992 due to a severe back injury. After retirement, he became active in the AAEP and served as president in 2000. He is a member of the AAEP "On Call" program and is a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Grant Review Committee.

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc (DVM), PhD, FRCVS, DSc, Dr. med vet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, is a professor of surgery, the director of orthopaedic research, and the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair in Orthopaedics at Colorado State University (CSU). His research interests are in equine orthopedic surgery and joint disease (arthritis). McIlwraith received his veterinary degree (BVSc) from Massey University in New Zealand, then entered private practice. He completed MS and PhD degrees in joint disease research at Purdue University. McIlwraith became board certified in surgery in 1979, the year he joined the faculty at CSU. He became a full professor in 1986. He received the Dr. med. vet (h.c.) degree from the University of Vienna in 1995, and received a Doctor of Science degree from Purdue in 2001. He is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the AAEP, and he consults worldwide as an equine surgery specialist. He has authored four veterinary textbooks on surgery and joint disease, has authored or co-authored more than 250 refereed publications and textbook chapters, and has presented at more than 350 seminars internationally.

Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, is a 1971 graduate of CSU. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), Certified in Equine Practice. He is currently an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri. He has been an equine practitioner and/or equine clinician since graduation, and has remained an active member of the AAEP for over 30 years. He served as the chairman of the AAEP Equine Welfare Committee from 1995-1998 and played an instrumental role in the association's efforts on several major equine welfare issues. He also served on the AAEP Board of Directors from 1996-1999, as well as on many other committees. In 2001 he received the AAEP Distinguished Service Award from, which honors individuals who have provided exemplary service to the AAEP to the benefit of the horse, horse industry, or equine veterinary medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Bill Moyer, DVM, MS, received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1970. He has been professor and head of the department of large animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University since 1993. He also has been section chief of zoological medicine in that department. Moyer previously held several positions at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. He also spent 10 years as director of research at Fair Hill after leaving private practice in Pennsylvania. His special interests include surgery, sports medicine, and care of equine feet and limbs. Moyer has served on committees for organizations such as the AVMA, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Association of Equine Sports Medicine, and AAEP. For the AAEP he has been a liaison to the American Farrier's Association Committee since 1981, on the Program Committee since 1984, and on the Racing Liaison Committee since 1991. He has authored 123 publications (62 refereed, 61 non-refereed) and made 363 presentations internationally.

Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, received his DVM from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, and obtained an MS there in reproductive physiology. He now is an associate at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, Calif., where his areas of emphasis are English performance horses, reproduction, and dentistry. Peters was in private practice for 10 years in California. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Montana for nine years. Peters is a past member of the AAEP Board of Directors, and he has been an active presenter and forum facilitator at AAEP conventions. He is contributing to a new sports medicine textbook, and is a member of the USA Equestrian Veterinary Committee.

Elizabeth M. Santschi, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois. She currently is a clinical associate professor and chief of large animal surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM). Santschi did an equine surgical residency at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla., then was a staff surgeon for two years before returning to academia. She worked at Purdue and the University of Minnesota before UWM. Santschi has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and given more than 100 scientific/educational presentations. She was on the team that discovered the genetics behind lethal white syndrome, and has studied colic surgery in foals. Areas of professional interest include diseases common on stud farms, including colic, high-risk pregnancy, urogenital surgery, and orthopedic infection.

Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, got his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1971. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at the University of California, Davis, and received an MS in pathology from Kansas State University. After becoming boarded in surgery, he served as president of the ACVS and the ACVS Research and Education Foundation. He is currently the director of the ACVS Veterinary Symposium and a director at large of the AAEP. White edited and authored The Equine Acute Abdomen, Current Techniques in Equine Surgery and Lameness, and the Handbook of Equine Colic. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, and the Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Surgery and assistant director at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include equine gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal disease, including epidemiology of colic and lameness.

Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1995. She completed an internship and residency in equine medicine at North Carolina State University in 1999. Zimmel is a board certified specialist in large animal internal medicine and in equine practice, having been awarded the status of Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Diplomate of the ABVP, Certified in Equine Practice. She was in private practice focusing on Thoroughbred horses in training and reproduction in Ocala, Fla., then was a clinical instructor in large animal medicine at the University of Georgia from 2000-2002. Zimmel now is an assistant professor of equine extension at the University of Florida's Department of large animal clinical sciences. Her clinical interests include general internal medicine, gastrointestinal disorders, and perinatology.

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