AAEP 2010: New President, Board Members Sworn in at President's Luncheon

Texas A&M professor Bill Moyer, DVM, took the reins today as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the 2010 Annual Convention, which is under way through tomorrow in Baltimore, Md. He took office before an audience of his colleagues during the President's Luncheon.

An authority for advancements in equine lameness, shoeing, and the treatment of foot disorders, Moyer is the head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. In addition, he serves as the associate director of the Center for Equine Business Studies at Texas A&M and the director of the Link Equine Research Endowment.

He graduated from Colorado State University with a veterinary degree in 1970 and in 1973 he completed a surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. After co-owning a private practice for several years, he returned to UPenn for a career in academia in 1980, ascending to section chief of equine sports medicine in 1990. He joined Texas A&M University in 1993.

A leading organizer of AAEP educational meetings throughout his career, Moyer served as a director-at-large from 2001 to 2004. He has been a member of the Educational Programs, Equine Insurance and Public Policy committees. He's acted as a liaison to the American Farrier's Association on behalf of the AAEP and was the chair of an in-depth session on laminitis.

As president of the AAEP, Moyer acknowledges his utmost priorities will be faithfully representing his fellow AAEP members and staying true to objectives identified in the AAEP's mission statement. In 2011 Moyer anticipates addressing equine welfare issues, planning relevant continuing education opportunities, and recruiting the next generation of equine practitioners.

Moyer considers his role as an educator and veterinary researcher of equine foot disorders and lameness his greatest contribution to the profession to date. He credits the AAEP for providing him with practical continuing education, invaluable friendships, and access to the "world's greatest minds and personalities" throughout his career.

The AAEP also inducted long-standing association leader Ann E. Dwyer, DVM, to its 2011 vice presidency during the luncheon. With this appointment, she will assume the AAEP presidency in 2013, becoming the second woman in the association's history to be named to the post.

A 1983 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dwyer is the co-owner of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic, located in Scottsville, N.Y. She has been a member of the practice since 1983 and bought the practice in 1995. For the past 10 years Dwyer's practice has participated in the AAEP Avenues Internship/Externship program, training future equine practitioners through active mentorship.

A frequent presenter at AAEP meetings, Dwyer has authored four book chapters and published more than 20 papers on equine ophthalmology. Her research interests include equine recurrent uveitis and immune-mediated ocular inflammation. In addition, for the past 20 years Dwyer has attended medical rounds as a clinical associate at the Rochester Eye Institute to master her knowledge of the animal eye. She was the chair of the AAEP's successful Focus on Ophthalmology meeting, held in October 2009.

Dwyer was a member of the AAEP board of directors from 2006 to 2008. She has served on the Professional Conduct and Ethics and Nominating committees.

"Dr. Dwyer has a long history of service to the AAEP as a member of various committees, task forces and the board of directors," AAEP Executive Director David Foley said. "She has shown great leadership in all of those capacities, and will be a great addition to the Executive Committee and a fantastic president."

As a member of the Executive Committee, Dwyer says she anticipates tackling a variety of challenges affecting the equine veterinary industry related to welfare, racing, membership development, education, and public policy. She also will work hands-on with the development of the next three-year strategic plan.

In addition to Moyer and Dwyer, several other veterinarians were sworn in during the President's Luncheon as members of the board of directors. Brad Jackman, DVM, who will represent District VIII through 2013, was introduced with other new members of the board. District VIII is comprised of California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Jackman is the president and owner of Pioneer Equine Hospital, a 10-veterinarian practice located in Oakdale, Calif., offering advanced lameness, surgical, and diagnostic imaging services. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Jackman completed a surgical residency at the University of Georgia and has served as an instructor of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Washington State University. He joined Pioneer Equine in 1995 and acquired the practice in 2007.

Jackman has presented information on lameness evaluation, imaging, and business management at numerous AAEP meetings. He is currently a member of the AAEP Educational Programs Committee. He is also a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"It is imperative for the AAEP to continue to be a leader in the education, including business education for the equine veterinarian," Jackman said. "Efforts to promote, protect, and enhance the entire equine industry are critical to the long-term viability of our profession."

Texas solo practitioner Benjamin Espy, DVM, has also been elected to the AAEP board of directors as the representative of the Southwestern district. He was elected by members of his district in September, and his term will expire in 2013.

A private ambulatory practitioner, Espy focuses on reproductive services and routine care for Western performance horses. He is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, for which he also serves as a member of the board of directors. In addition, he is a veterinarian for King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, and an adjunct professor for the Texas A&M University System. He serves on the board of directors for a local spay/neuter outreach charity, SNIPSA, and is a member of the editorial board for The Horse magazine.

Espy, who resides in San Antonio, received his veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 1996. A lifetime member of the AAEP, Espy is the current chair of the AAEP's Horse Owner Education Committee.

With no prior history as a full-time academician, Espy believes he brings a unique perspective of the private solo practitioner to the board. During his term, he plans to focus on the management and transport of horses that have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis. In his practice Espy sees the negative impact that state and provincial regulations are having on unwanted horses. As a board member he hopes to lead the AAEP in educating the public about this disease and encourage communication about this issue between the AAEP and state and federal policy makers.

Another new member to the board is Kentucky practitioner Eric Peterson, DVM, who was selected for the post during the board of directors' meeting held July 17 in Salt Lake City.

A 26-year veteran of equine practice, Peterson is a partner at Equine Medical Associates in Lexington. He specializes in broodmare services in central Kentucky and the purchase of racing and performance horses at public auctions. In addition, Peterson is a member of the Kentucky State Veterinary Medical Board.

Peterson earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1984. He is the former owner of Delta Veterinary Clinic in Delta, Colo. A 25-year member of the AAEP, he has served on the AAEP's Foundation Advisory and Educational Programs committees.

Also sworn in at the President's Luncheon was Emma Read, DVM, an instructor of equine surgery at the University of Calgary, who will join the AAEP board of directors as the representative of the Canadian district.

Read teaches large animal surgery and serves as the chair of the clinical skills program at the University of Calgary, a newly developed program that emphasizes teaching practical skills through hands-on experiences during veterinary school. In addition, she works at the University of Calgary's referral services at Okotoks Animal Clinic and at Spruce Meadows. Her professional interests include abdominal surgery, sport horse performance evaluations, lameness, and surgical treatments of the upper respiratory.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Read completed a surgical residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Read holds a master's degree in equine medicine from Western College of Veterinary Medicine and received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Western in 1998. She joined the University of Calgary faculty in 2007.

Combining her love of teaching and equine veterinary medicine, Read believes promoting the equine veterinary profession to students as a viable lifestyle choice will be an important task for the AAEP. Read has coordinated student short courses at Calgary and served as an advisor to the AAEP student chapter at the University of Calgary. She currently serves on the AAEP's Student Relations Committee.

As a board member, Read plans to make an effort to include students in AAEP activities and bring policy issues affecting Canadian practitioners to the attention of the board. In addition, she will support efforts to educate the public about the role of the equine practitioner as an authority for equine welfare.

"I am passionate about what I do and would like to encourage more people to be involved with the AAEP," Read said. "I enjoy creating new programs and trying to tackle old issues with new ideas. Hopefully I can give back to the profession and the association that has done great things for me so far."

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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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