Utah Practitioner Roger Rees Named AAEP Director at Large

Utah practitioner Roger Rees, DVM, will join the American Association of Equine Practitioners' board of directors as a director at large during the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. He will be sworn in with other new members of the board at the President's Luncheon Dec. 8.

Rees is the founding partner of South Valley Animal Clinic, a referral and primary care clinic in South Jordan. He specializes in lameness and surgery. He is a past president of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association and currently a member of the Utah Governor's Agricultural Advisory Board.

An AAEP member for 30 years, Rees has served as a member of the Educational Programs Committee and the chair of the Student Relations Committee. He is adamant about developing equine veterinary students--the "future of the profession"--through mentorship and hands-on experience.

As member of the board, Rees thinks pertinent issues facing equine practitioners include the unwanted horse and the adverse economy's impact on the horse owner. He also plans to advocate student involvement in the AAEP and address ways to facilitate junior associates in practice ownership or practice buy-in.

"I hope to stay grounded by calling upon my insights as a horse owner, a practitioner who hosts externs and employs new veterinary school graduates, and as one who is focused on medical advances that benefit my patients, my clients, my colleagues and my practice," Rees said of his role as an AAEP director.

Rees grew up on a cattle ranch in northern Utah where he gained a passion for large animals that led to his path in veterinary medicine. He graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1974. When not practicing, Rees raises sport horses and purebred cattle. He also enjoys fly fishing and hunting. He and his wife are active in their local community spend much of their time with their children and grandchildren.

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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AAEP Mission: To improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. More information: www.aaep.org.

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