AAEP to Induct Dr. Jay Addison to the Board of Directors

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will install longtime Louisiana practitioner Jay Addison, DVM, as a new member of the board of directors during the Dec. 8 President's Luncheon at the 55th Annual Convention, which is under way in Las Vegas, Nev.

Addison will represent District IV, which includes the states of Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

An AAEP member since 1988, Dr. Addison has developed a private racetrack and sales practice serving Louisiana and Kentucky. He also specializes in evaluations at Thoroughbred sales and examinations of polo horses. He graduated from Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.

Addison has served as the chair of the AAEP's former Racing Committee and a member of the AAEP's Racing Task Force. He is a member of the current AAEP Racing Committee. He is also currently the chairman of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association's Equine Committee. He considers his greatest contribution to the profession his service to the racing industry and Louisiana veterinary community, including his role rescuing horses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Read a story about Dr. Addison's involvement with saving horses in St. Bernard Parish.).

As a member of the board of directors, Addison hopes to focus on equine welfare initiatives and improve the public perception of racetrack practitioners and the integrity of the entire racing industry.
"Professionally, our biggest challenge is restoring and maintaining our integrity in the public's eye," said Addison. "It will remain a challenge for our organization for many years to educate the public about the veterinarian's role in equine performance."

Addison, his wife, Ellen, and son, Justin, spend their winters in New Orleans and summers at their Louisiana family farm, with frequent travel to Kentucky and New York. Addison's "passion sport" is polo, and his wife is a sport horse and showing enthusiast. They maintain about 20 Thoroughbred broodmares at their family farm. When he is not with horses, Addison enjoys hunting and fishing. He also established a locally based nonprofit land trust that has put thousands of Louisiana acres in conservation.

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