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51st AAEP Annual Convention to Offer Premier Education for Practitioners, Horse Owners

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Equine veterinarians from across the globe will gather in Seattle, Wash., for the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 51st Annual Convention, Dec. 3 – 7, 2005. More than 3,300 practitioners, veterinary students and technicians attend the convention each year, making it the largest equine veterinary meeting in the world.

The 2005 scientific program features in-depth seminars exploring lameness and imaging, equine behavior, pain management, respiratory issues and vaccination. Twenty-two “How To” presentations will cover timely topics ranging from castration to neonatal seizures, and several professional development sessions and interactive small-group discussions will complete the continuing-education offerings for attendees.

Featured speakers include C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, one of the world’s foremost authorities on arthroscopic surgery and a pioneer in gene therapy. He will deliver the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, “From Arthroscopy to Gene Therapy.” The State-of-the-Art Lecture is produced by the AAEP Foundation, Inc. with support from Platinum Performance, an AAEP Educational Partner. Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, and John Madigan, DVM, again will present the popular Kester News Hour, discussing a variety of newsworthy topics of interest to both the equine veterinarian and horse enthusiast.

Other convention highlights include:

· Horseman’s Day. Designed for horse owners and equine caregivers, Horseman’s Day features veterinary experts delivering the latest news and advances in horse health. Topics this year include equine dentistry, pre-purchase exams, wound management, laminitis and the unwanted horse. Horseman’s Day, sponsored by the AAEP’s Educational Partners, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers. The pre-registration fee through Nov. 4 is $65; on-site registration is $80. Lunch is included with registration. For more information or to register, visit the AAEP’s horse-health Web site,

· Veterinary Technician Program. The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, in conjunction with the AAEP, will offer a two-day education program. Sessions for veterinary technicians include field anesthesia, strangles infections, hyperbaric medicine and dentistry. The program is sponsored by Merial Ltd.

· AAEP Foundation Celebration and Auction. As the largest annual fundraiser for the AAEP Foundation, the Celebration promises a night of fun and philanthropy. Attendees enjoy dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the convention. The Celebration is produced with the support of Fort Dodge Animal Health, an AAEP Educational Partner.

In addition, the convention will feature a sold-out trade show with over 350 exhibitors. Several career programs for veterinary students also are planned. To learn more about the convention or to register online, visit For assistance, please contact the AAEP office at (859) 233-0147.

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 8,500 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.