Attendees Gearing Up for 2012 AAEP Convention

Attendees Gearing Up for 2012 AAEP Convention

Baker says, "With four full days of sessions on nearly every veterinary topic one could want, deciding which sessions to attend is often the biggest challenge."

Photo: AAEP/Charles Fazio

In less than a week, thousands of veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, and industry members will descend upon Anaheim, Calif., for the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. This year's event will take place Dec. 1-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

What exactly are attendees excited about during this year's convention? caught up with Sally Baker, AAEP director of marketing and public relations, to find out the top five things attendees can look forward to when they land in southern California.

Attending educational sessions. Baker explained, "With four full days of sessions on nearly every veterinary topic one could want, deciding which sessions to attend is often the biggest challenge. As veterinarian Luke Bass, DVM, said, 'I'm looking forward to recharging my mental capacity.' We're encouraging all those with a smartphone or tablet (such as an iPhone, Android, iPad, or Android tablet) to download the AAEP Convention app, as it allows you to mark your favorite sessions and pull all events into a personalized calendar."

Catching up with colleagues. "While attendees come for the education, the opportunity to spend time with former classmates and colleagues is just as important," Baker said. "This year we've added a networking reception for new practitioners, and of course the alumni receptions are always hugely popular."

Seeing new veterinary equipment and products in the trade show. "The biggest names in the equine veterinary industry will be exhibiting in Anaheim," she said. "Many attendees use their convention trip to make purchases for the coming year and stay up-to-date on the latest technology."

Taking part in student events. Baker explained, "As veterinarian Leslie Easterwood, DVM, said, 'I always look forward to connecting with our future colleagues.' The convention can be a student's gateway to a future career opportunity. The popular Career Night and Student Luncheon are just two of the events that shine the spotlight on students."

Relaxing in southern California. "Let's face it: We know the education is the number one reason for attending the convention, but the opportunity to getaway to a fun and warm destination like Anaheim is very important attendees," Baker said. "If you're going to be away from your practice and your family, you want to be in a great location."

Several members of The Horse and team will be on-hand to provide extensive convention coverage, including articles, videos, daily blogs, and more. Follow along on Twitter with the hash tag #AAEP2012, and keep tabs on during and after the convention for important horse health information updates, video interviews with attending veterinarians, and recaps of dozens of educational sessions.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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