AAEP Convention Brings 5,700 to Anaheim

The 58th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Dec. 1 - 5 in Anaheim, Calif., attracted 5,730 veterinary professionals, students, guests, and exhibitors. The Trade Show featured 571 booths offering the latest products and services in the equine veterinary market.

More than 100 in-depth, how to, table topic, dry lab, and subject-specific sessions were presented during the four-day convention, covering topics ranging from lameness to reproduction to ophthalmology.

"Planning for each convention begins 18 months in advance," said David Foley, AAEP executive Director. "I extend sincere appreciation to this year's program chair, Dr. Ann Dwyer (DVM), and the Educational Programs Committee for developing an extremely well-received and comprehensive experience."

Highlights from the 2012 convention include:

Installation of new officers and board members. Dwyer, of Scottsville, N.Y., was installed as the 59th president. Other members of the 2013 Executive Committee are Jeff Blea, DVM, of Sierra Madre, Calif., president-elect; Kent Carter, DVM, of College Station, Texas, vice president; Jim Morehead, DVM, of Lexington, Ky., treasurer; and John S. Mitchell, DVM, of Boca Raton, Fla., immediate past president.

New members of the board of directors are: District IV - Monty McInturff, DVM, of Thompson's Station, Tenn.; District V - Wendy Vaala, VMD, of Alma, Wis.; and District VI - Kenton Morgan, DVM, of Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Annual awards presented. The association honored several veterinarians and a faith-based coalition of veterinarians during the Dec. 4 President's Luncheon:

  • Distinguished Life Member: Nat T. Messer IV, DVM
  • Distinguished Service Award: Midge Leitch, VMD
  • Distinguished Educator Award: Jill Johnson, DVM
  • Equine Welfare Award - The Lavin Cup: Christian Veterinary Mission
  • President's Award: Jay Merriam, DVM

Events raise funds for AAEP Foundation: The annual silent auction held during the Foundation Celebration, along with a golf tournament, sporting clay tournament, and individual donations, combined to raise more than $100,000 to benefit the Foundation's outreach programs.

The AAEP's 59th Annual Convention will take place in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 7 - 11, 2013. More information is available at www.aaep.org.

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