Florida Practitioner John Mitchell Installed as AAEP Vice President

John S. Mitchell, DVM, a Standardbred racetrack practitioner in Pompano Beach, Fla., joined the AAEP Executive Committee as 2010 AAEP vice president at the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dr. Mitchell was sworn in as a member of the Executive Committee during the Dec. 8 President's Luncheon at the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. With this appointment, he will serve as AAEP president in 2012.

After retiring from private practice in 1995, Dr. Mitchell returned to the profession as a part time racetrack practitioner at Pompano Park Race Track in 2002. He specializes in performance exams, diagnostic procedures and the economic investments of clients. He was the owner of Equine Associates in Boca Raton, Fla., from 1975 to 1995.

An AAEP member since 1972, Dr. Mitchell has served on the Educational Programs, Racing, Practice Management, and Foundation Advisory committees. He served as AAEP treasurer from 2002-2005.

Dr. Mitchell has written several articles and made presentations on financial planning and practice management. He has been instrumental in development of programs for the annual AAEP Practice Management Seminars and co-chaired the seminar in 2002. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

A native of Cadiz, Ohio, Dr. Mitchell gained an interest in veterinary medicine growing up next door to a small-town veterinarian. At age 3, he started riding with the veterinarian on farm calls. His father, a banker, and another childhood mentor, an investment lawyer, sparked his interest in finances. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972, Dr. Mitchell completed an internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Mitchell has two sons, Kyle and Todd, and welcomed a grandson in 2009. Dr. Mitchell and his wife Melodie enjoy family, traveling and photography. Dr. Mitchell also spends his leisure time fishing.

An AAEP member since 1972, Dr. Mitchell said his involvement in the AAEP has had a significant on his personal and professional life.

"AAEP has provided me with timely, quality, peer-reviewed scientific information to help keep me current in caring for my equine patients. The AAEP practice management and business continuing education has facilitated quality medical care for my horses and has allowed me to run a successful business,” Dr. Mitchell said. "The many friends and relationships I have through the AAEP have helped shape my life."

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