The American Association of Equine Practitioners will induct Colorado State University professor Josie Traub-Dargatz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, to the AAEP board of directors at the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

Traub-Dargatz will serve a three-year term representing the Central District, which includes Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. She will be sworn in with other new board members at the Dec. 8 President's Luncheon.

Traub-Dargatz is a professor of equine medicine at the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State University where she has also served as a clinician in the veterinary teaching hospital. Her current research focuses on controlling equine infectious diseases in populations through implementation of biosecurity measures with an emphasis on timely diagnosis.

Since joining the AAEP in 1978, Traub-Dargatz has served as a member and chair of the Pediatrics Committee and as a member of the Infectious Diseases Committee. She also facilitated the Infectious Disease Forum, chaired the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Horses Task Force, and was a member of the Biologic & Therapeutic Task Force. Traub-Dargatz currently serves on the Infectious Diseases Committee. She delivered her first scientific presentation at the 1983 AAEP Convention, which was also held in Las Vegas.

Traub-Dargatz is a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a large animal internship at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced for several years in Maple Plains, Minn., before studying internal medicine at Washington State University.

With her combined experience in academia and private practice, Traub-Dargatz offers the board a broad spectrum of knowledge and a well-rounded perspective of the equine industry and issues affecting her district. She has worked with regulatory veterinarians, universities, associations and industry groups. She would like the AAEP to continue to listen to and work with industry stakeholders who share a mission to improve the welfare of horses.

Traub-Dargatz and husband David, also a veterinarian, reside in Fort Collins, Colo. They spend their leisure time enjoying outdoor activities including skiing, camping, hiking, and gardening.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its 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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