AAEP Convention Draws Record Crowd

New equine research, practical veterinary techniques, and business education attracted a record 7,611 attendees to the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5 - 9. The previous record was set during the 2007 convention in Orlando, Fla.

"The economy has affected all aspects of the horse industry in 2009, and I believe our record attendance indicates how strongly equine veterinarians value quality continuing education," said David L. Foley, AAEP executive director. "I want to thank the Educational Programs Committee and convention program chair Dr. Nat White for their exceptional efforts putting together this year's scientific program."

The Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture--"Operative Orthopedics of the Equine Fetlock Joint: Fractures, Fragments, Failures, and Fixes"--was given by internationally recognized surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS.

The annual live and silent auctions held during the Foundation Celebration raised $93,000 to help fund student scholarships, benevolence work, and equine research.

The AAEP's 56th Annual Convention will be held in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 4 - 8, 2010. More information is available at aaep.org.

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 nearly 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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