Equine Veterinarians to Broaden Expertise During AAEP Annual Convention


Veterinary meeting to provide science, business and welfare education - The American Association of Equine Practitioners will strengthen the equine veterinarian's ability to serve the horse through applicable science, effective business tactics and welfare advocacy during its 56th Annual Convention, Dec. 4 - 8, in Baltimore, Md.

As the world's largest gathering of equine health care professionals, the Convention unites more than 4,000 equine veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians annually. This year's meeting features scientific presentations, industry forums, equine welfare sessions and business management workshops.

Features scheduled for this year's meeting include:

Keynote Speech:
The Equine Welfare Wars. A prominent veterinary voice for equine welfare issues, Dr. Thomas R. Lenz will open the Annual Convention Sunday, Dec. 5, with his keynote speech, "The Equine Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide." The presentation will provide members of the veterinary profession a better understanding of society's varying ideas about the acceptable treatment of horses, with a close look at the pressing issue of the unwanted horse.

Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture:
Ophthalmology. Equine eye researcher Dr. Dennis E. Brooks will prepare practitioners with the necessary knowledge to save vision in horses with catastrophic disease during his Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture. The lecture titled "Catastrophic Ocular Surface Failure in the Horse" is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6.

Farrier Program:
Practitioners and farriers will sharpen their skills in equine hoof and foot care with the return of the AAEP Farrier Program. A full day of lectures presented by leading veterinarians and farriers will be held Dec. 8.

Business Education:
The AAEP is providing new business learning opportunities for all practitioners, with sessions on practice trends, profitability measurement, staff management, marketing tactics and more. Workshops are scheduled throughout the program, with a new Business Education Interactive Workshop for practitioners wanting to improve their practice's profitability on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

In-Depth: Equine Welfare - This new special session, held Dec. 8, will educate veterinarians on policies, perceptions and facts surrounding America's unwanted horses, medication abuse in competition, the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and other timely welfare issues. Veterinarians will be exposed to opportunities to protect the welfare of horses at their practices, at the racetrack and in third-world communities.

Student Programs:
Students are invited to learn, network and prepare for a bright future as an equine veterinarian during Annual Convention student programs. The Dec. 5 Student Program Luncheon brings students and experienced practitioners together for a variety of roundtable discussions on lifestyle and professional topics. The Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night returns to the program Dec. 5 to give students a venue to meet with representatives of more than 80 Avenues-participating equine practices.

The AAEP Trade Show:  Running for three days during the Convention, more than 300 exhibitors will display products and services for the veterinary industry.

6th Annual American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians Convention: The two-day program for technicians includes lectures, roundtable discussions, case studies and wet labs.

Located in the Northeast for the first time since 1998, the Convention will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 100 hours of continuing education credits will be available to attendees. Registration and housing are now available online at www.aaep.org/convention.htm.

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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