AAEP 2011: New Board of Directors Inducted

During the annual President's Luncheon Nov. 21 at the 2011 American Association for Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, held in San Anotonio, Texas, the following distinguished veterinarians were inducted as members of the Board of Directors:

Margo L. Macpherson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT--Board of Directors-- Macpherson, chief of reproduction at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine will represent District III, the South Atlantic District, and her term will expire in 2014.

A Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT), Macpherson leads the reproduction section and serves as a tenured associate professor at UF. She received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1990 and acquired a master's degree at Texas A&M University in 1994. Before joining the faculty at UF, Macpherson worked as a private practitioner in Central Kentucky and served as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Macpherson's research interests include late pregnancy and postpartum conditions affecting the mare, with her most recent laboratory studies focusing on bacterial placentitis. She served as the president of the ACT in 2005. From 2006 to 2010, she acted as the reproduction anchor for the Kester News Hour at the AAEP Convention, a role requiring thorough knowledge and research of timely developments in equine theriogenology.

Macpherson will prioritize helping practitioners sustain business in uncertain economic times during her term on the board. She notes that the decline of Thoroughbred breeding has significantly impacted equine practitioners within her district. She also hopes to engage more AAEP members in the governance of the association while serving on the board. She counts her service as an educator and mentor to future veterinarians as her most important role in the profession.

Macpherson is married to equine surgeon John Peloso, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, with whom she has a 9-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities and has a particular passion for downhill skiing.

Lisa Metcalf, DVM--Board of Directors---A world-class theriogenologist, Metcalf will serve as the representative of District IX, the Northwestern district, through 2014.

Metcalf is the owner of Honahlee, PC, an equine reproduction facility located in Sherwood, Ore. She received her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a master's degree in endocrinology from the University of California-Davis. She is a Diplomate of the ACT and from 2001 to 2007 was the Oregon Veterinary Racing Commissioner.

In addition, Metcalf teaches equine theriogenology to students at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She serves as the current president of the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association, a member of the Chairs Council of the Oregon Humane Society, and a member of the board of directors of the Portland Mounted Patrol Unit. Metcalf became a member of the AAEP in 1989 and has served as chair of the Reproduction Committee and a member of the Abstract Review and Educational Programs committees. Metcalf is an invited speaker throughout the world and has authored numerous articles, papers, and textbook chapters about equine reproduction.

Steve Trostle, DVM--Board of Directors-- Trostle will represent District II on the board and his term will end in 2014.

Trostle, the current vice president of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earlysville, Va., brings experience in both academia and private practice to the board of directors. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a master's in animal science in 1986 and received his veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1990.

Trostle completed a residency in equine surgery at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in 1994 and received certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1996. After serving for five years as a faculty member at UW, Trostle joined the staff of San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in San Diego. He returned to the East Coast in 2004 to join Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.

Trostle's areas of expertise include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, as well as using advanced imaging for lameness evaluations. He has given numerous scientific and educational lectures at local, state and national meetings. He has published over 40 refereed manuscripts and seven book chapters about surgery. A former advisor to the student AAEP chapter at the University of Wisconsin, Trostle has a special interest in mentoring young equine veterinarians.

Carolyn Weinberg, DVM--Board of Directors-- Internationally recognized sport horse practitioner Weinberg will represent District II and will serve on the board through 2014.

Weinberg is a partner with Fairfield Equine Associates at the Newtown, Conn., facility. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont and a veterinary degree in 1982 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her career focus is lameness and axial skeletal problems using traditional as well as alternative therapies on a variety of sport and pleasure horses.

After graduating from veterinary school, she worked in group and private practice in the states of New York and Connecticut. She joined Rick Mitchell, DVM, and Mark Baus, DVM, in establishing Fairfield Equine Associates in 1989.

Weinberg has cared for horses competing in high stakes international sporting events, including the 1995 Special Olympics, the 1986, 1998, and 2002 World Championships, and the 1988 and 2000 Olympic Games. Weinberg is a member of the International Sport Horse Veterinary Association (ISHVA)/Welfare and Dressage Committees and a Federation Equestre Internationale veterinary delegate for Show Jumping and Dressage. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the California Veterinary Medical Association. An AAEP member since 1982, Weinberg has served on the Biological & Therapeutic Agents Committee.

A tireless advocate for animal welfare, Weinberg has facilitated the rehabilitation of neglected and abused horses through her work with the Westchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals.

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