The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 55th Annual Convention is on stage in Las Vegas, Nev., as the world’s largest continuing education meeting for equine veterinarians.

The convention, which began Saturday, was expected to lure more than 3,500 veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians for scientific lectures, industry forums, networking events and other opportunities for professional development. All sessions are being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The convention continues through Wednesday.

Convention Program Chair Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and the AAEP Educational Programs Committee developed a comprehensive scientific program to cover a wide range of relevant veterinary topics. This year's program features business education sessions, new research on lameness in racehorses, and in-depth lectures on critical care and pain management. Also available to attendees are four optional dry labs and an ultrasound wet lab. will offer a special Convention Wrap-Up. The issue, which will mail out along with the March edition of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care magazine, will contain summaries of many of the scientific sessions presented at the meeting.

The Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, which will be presented this morning, will feature internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, presenting Operative Orthopedics of the Equine Fetlock Joint: Fractures, Fragments, Failures and Fixes. Yesterday Drs. Scott Palmer, Margo Macpherson, and Bonnie Rush presented the popular Kester News Hour.

Other meeting highlights include:

The AAEP Trade Show Running for three days during the convention, more than 300 exhibitors are displaying products and services for the veterinary industry.

5th Annual American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians Convention The two-day program for technicians includes lectures, roundtable discussions, case studies, and wet labs.

Student Luncheon and Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night The Student Luncheon will offer roundtable discussions on topics of importance to future practitioners. The annual Avenues Internships/Externship Career Night connects students with practices for potential career opportunities.

AAEP Foundation Celebration and Auction Practitioners will kick back with their colleagues to the music of country recording artist Tracy Lawrence. The night also features a silent and live auction to benefit the AAEP Foundation.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit 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 it is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research, and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

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