You don’t have to be a big fish to make a splash.
Connect with old friends and new ideas at the CE meeting where the entire industry comes together.
The AAEP’s 62nd Annual Convention is your gateway to first-rate education, superior networking opportunities and access to more than 300 solution providers in the trade show.
This year's event will be held at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, conveniently located on International Drive, the city's entertaining and dining hub.
Whether you’ve been out of school two years or 20, your practice has four wheels or four walls, or your patients embody pleasure, sport or work, dive in for professional and personal growth with your AAEP family this December in the Sunshine State!
Based on membership feedback, we are pleased to incorporate into this year’s convention:
Expanded focus on the in-demand topic of veterinary ethics, which will be the subject of the keynote presentation, a featured session, and a Table Topic.
Added emphasis on wellness and quality of life issues through a featured session, several Table Topics, and a health fair in the trade show offering quick and convenient health screenings.
A later trade show closing on Sunday to allow more time after the day’s educational sessions to visit with exhibitors and shop for your next practice investment.
View the educational program, register for the convention and book your hotel room below.
Special Savings Offer: Register online by Sept. 1 and save $115 off the on-site registration rate!
Educational ProgramClick to Expand
This year's educational program delivers sessions that will improve your ability to diagnose, manage and restore the health of the horses you see in your day-to-day veterinary practice. Explore the program here.
The Business of Practice
Focus on the non-medical aspects of practice that are essential to a healthy bottom line during The Business of
Expand your skills during these focused sessions that walk you step-by-step through procedures that have been successfully deployed by your colleagues. Following each presentation, you’ll possess the information you need to critically evaluate the technique and determine whether or not to implement it in your practice.
Dig deeper into important medical topics during In-Depth sessions. These sessions feature fewer but longer presentations, enabling a thorough exploration of key components of the subject topic.
Enlist the knowledge and experience of your colleagues to work through common challenges and identify solutions within specific areas of equine medicine during Table Topics. These facilitated discussions are informal but highly informative, and draw upon the collective expertise of all attendees.
Council, Committee and Rounds MeetingsClick to Expand
Council and Committee Meetings
Saturday, Dec. 3
8:00-10:00 a.m. Foundation Advisory Council
Leadership Development Committee
10:00 a.m.-noon Professional Conduct & Ethics Committee*
Welfare & Public Policy Advisory Council
1:00-3:00 p.m. Infectious Disease Committee
Sunday, Dec. 4
4:00-6:00 p.m. President’s Advisory Council*
Wednesday, Dec. 7
9:00-11:00 a.m. Educational Programs Committee
*Open only to members of the council or committee
Saturday, Dec. 3
1:00-3:00 p.m. Business Education
Complementary & Alternative Medicine
3:00-5:00 p.m. Dentistry
Meeting days and times are subject to change.
A Word About Council, Committee & Rounds Meeting Attendance
Council and committee meetings are open to all AAEP members unless specified otherwise. Meetings will conclude with a brief “closed” business session for council/committee members only. AAEP Rounds are online forums that meet annually at the convention and are open to anyone attending the convention. Rounds meetings will conclude with a session open only to AAEP members
RegistrationClick to Expand
|Registration is now open for the 62nd Annual AAEP Convention! Your fee includes 100+ hours of available CE, several networking opportunities, and lunch in the Trade Show. The rates are listed below. Click here to register. The early bird rate is only available until September 1!
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|AAEP Honor Roll Member
|AAEP New Member Applicant
|Current Resident, Intern or Graduate Student
There are two social events that require a separate ticket, The President's Luncheon ($60 per person) and the AAEP Foundation Celebration ($125 per person). You can purchase tickets to both of these events when you register.
Hotel ReservationsClick to Expand
The AAEP has arranged for special rates at four Orlando hotels and partnered with Experient to handle all of your reservations. The four hotels are listed below. Click here to get started.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819-8104
Distance from Orange County Convention Ctr West: 0.1 miles
Rates start at $235.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando at the Convention Center (formerly the Peabody Orlando) is a custom-built Orlando hotel. The hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary design and luxurious décor and furnishings. Conveniently located in the midst of the 7-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center, and the only hotel located directly across the street from the center's main entrance.
Rosen Centre Hotel
Rising 24 stories, this premier hotel offers a highly-respected professional staff and outstanding accommodations. Attached to the Orange County Convention Center via the Rosen Centre Skywalk, it combines resort-style luxury in a world-class meeting and vacation destination.
9840 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819-8111
Distance from Orange County Convention Ctr West: 0.6 miles
Rates start at $193.
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
9000 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Distance from Orange County Convention Ctr West: 0.6 miles
Rates start at $89.
The new Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando brings you style and comfort at a reasonable price. Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is located on Orlando’s world famous International Drive, just west of the Orange County Convention Center, across the street from entertainment mecca Pointe Orlando.
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819-8100
Distance from Orange County Convention Ctr West: 0.3 miles
Rates start at $182.
Rosen Plaza Hotel is famous for its high standard of excellence, impeccable in-house staff and grand accommodations.
Receptions and Social EventsClick to Expand
Convention 101: Helpful Hints for the First-Time Attendee
Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:45-5:30 p.m.
First AAEP convention? Learn to navigate all of the educational, networking and social opportunities during this casual program. You’ll meet fellow first-time attendees and, afterward, walk together as a group to the Welcome Reception.
Sponsored by Henry Schein® Animal Health Equine. Rely On Us; and Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
The traditional social kickoff to the convention is a great opportunity to catch up with old classmates, colleagues and friends. Renew acquaintances and make new ones before going to dinner.
New Practitioners’ Reception
Sponsored by IDEXX, the worldwide leader in veterinary diagnostics.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
If you’ve been in practice less than five years, swing by the New Practitioners’ Reception to meet and connect with colleagues who likely share many of your professional challenges and aspirations.
General Membership Meeting
Monday, Dec. 5, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
All members are encouraged to attend this brief annual business meeting to learn of the AAEP’s progress on important issues during the past year and play a more active role in the governance of your association.
Christian Veterinary Mission Evening Seminar
Monday, Dec. 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Join the CVM for a unique evening of fellowship and hear from guest speaker Dr. Allyn Mann, who will be sharing on “Kingdom Rewards: Making a Difference Right Where You Are!” Open to all and registration is not required.
Monday, Dec. 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Many veterinary school alumni associations have chosen to sponsor receptions, which will all take place this evening. A complete list of schools hosting a reception will be published in your convention program. For more information, call the AAEP office or check with your school’s alumni office.
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Breakfast
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship Breakfast
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Help the CVM celebrate its 40th anniversary by joining for worship and fellowship with others from the profession and hearing a devotional on this year’s annual theme “JOY,” based on Phil. 4:4. Open to all and registration is not required.
The President’s Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $60
Join AAEP officers, board members and honorees for lunch as we salute the outstanding contributions of leadership and volunteer service to the AAEP during our awards presentation. Outgoing board members will be recognized
and new board members will be introduced.
Sponsored by Sound, Your Worldwide Equine Imaging Partner, visit Booth 1309 for more information.
International Members’ Breakfast
Monday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:00 a.m.
International Members’ Reception
Monday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
These special events have been planned exclusively for the AAEP’s international members to meet and socialize. The AAEP is represented in 64 countries, and members from around the globe are invited.
The AAEP Annual Convention is Social!Click to Expand
Trade ShowClick to Expand
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Tuesday, Dec. 6
Dec. 4: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Dec. 5: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Dec. 6: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The learning doesn’t stop when you leave the educational sessions. Discover the latest technologies, services and products to improve your practice at the AAEP’s Annual Trade Show. Visit West Hall CD in the Orange County Convention Center to shop for your next practice investment or grab a lunch included with your registration.
While in the trade show swing by AAEP Connect, where you can engage with association and foundation staff at the AAEP booth, browse the General Store, host a meeting, recharge your devices, and ensure your personal wellness. Enjoy the following complimentary services within AAEP Connect:
Sponsored by EQUUS/EquiManagement: Your source for horse health and business information.
Need to host a meeting during the convention? Three meeting pods are available for use during trade show hours. Reserve your meeting time at the EQUUS/EquiManagement booth. Charging stations for your phone, tablet or laptop are available near the meeting pods.
Trade Show B-I-N-G-O!
You will receive a bingo card in your convention bag. Travel throughout the trade show and collect AAEP stickers on every exhibitor name. Submit your completed card at the AAEP booth to be entered in daily drawings for prizes,
including a chance to win free registration for the 2017 AAEP Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas!
Sponsored by EQUUS/EquiManagement: Your source for horse health and business information; Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc., the makers of Cosequin; Platinum Performance, “Good Nutrition is Good Medicine”; and Zoetis. For Animals. For Health. For You.
The AAEP recognizes the profession’s physical and emotional demands that can affect the health and well-being of equine practitioners and veterinary students. As part of the new “AAEP Healthy Practice: Wellness for work, well-being for life” initiative, take advantage of a quick health screening performed by Florida-certified medical personnel with Orlando-based On Site Medical Services, Inc. The screening takes only a few minutes and includes:
• Blood pressure and heart rate
• Blood glucose
• HDL, HDL/TC ratio and LDL cholesterol (non-fasting)
• Height/weight and calculation of BMI
• Screening results counseling
Take care of yourself so that you can take excellent care of your family, clients and patients.
The AAEP General Store
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Tuesday, Dec. 6
(during trade show hours)
Browse an assortment of AAEP products, including fleece-wear, jackets, shirts, hats and mugs, within AAEP Connect in the trade show. You can also view the complete library of AAEP publications and products to assist with managing your practice. Most merchandise is available for purchase on site or can be ordered and delivered to your home. On-site shipping will be available.
Interested in Exhibiting in the 2016 Trade Show?
|The AAEP pre-sold booth space for the 2016 Trade Show during last year's show in Las Vegas, Nevada. There a limited number of booths still available at this time and booth space will be assigned by show management. By exhibiting in Orlando this year, you will be given the opportunity to pre-select your booth for the 2017 Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.
To view the companies that are scheduled to exhibit this year, click here.
All exhibitors are responsible for the information cited in the AAEP Exhibitor Prospectus. Note: Submitting an application for booth space or an authorized signature on the offical application form indicates you have read, understand and agree to abide by all rules, regulations and restrictuions outlined in the applicaton and prospectus.
To view this year's floorplan, click here. To apply for booth space, download the booth application and fax it to Debbie Miles, CMP, at (859) 233-1968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th AAEP Foundation CelebrationClick to Expand
Sponsored by Zoetis. For Animals. For Health. For You.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Regency Ballroom
$125 per person (by Nov. 1)
(Ticket price includes entertainment, buffet dinner and open bar from 6:00-8:00 p.m., silent auction, dancing, and more. Live music will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.)
If you don’t have time to hit the beach while in Florida, the AAEP Foundation will bring the beach to you on your final night at the convention. The social centerpiece of the convention, the Foundation Celebration is organized exclusively for AAEP members and their guests, partners, exhibitors and friends of the AAEP and the Foundation.
Silent Auction and ‘Fun-Raising’
A silent auction and other “Fun-Raisers” will be offered during the Celebration. While we welcome auction donations, we encourage you to consider helping the Foundation with a cash donation. Cash donations can be more effective for the Foundation and the horse as there is no expense involved with shipping or set-up.
For more information on how to donate cash or an auction item, visit HERE or call Pam Shook at (859) 233-0147. All auction donations must be confirmed by October 28 to be accepted.
Tickets for the event may be purchased with your registration or on-site at the convention while available. Tickets will not be sold after Monday, Dec. 5, at noon.
Splashing Good Time! Join “The Free”
The Free is an upscale party band that hails from the South but is not a Southern rock band, a distinction that becomes obvious as soon as the band takes the stage. Keeping up with the latest from Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift, and then effortlessly transitioning to comfort songs from artists like the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffet and Johnny Cash, The Free perform with a stylish, youthful energy and a homespun flair all their own. The dance floor will be hopping with a high-energy performance that pulls from the best of rock ‘n’ roll, modern pop hits, country favorites and classic R&B.
A special thanks to AAEP Educational Partner Zoetis for their continued support and sponsorship of the AAEP Foundation Celebration.
AAEP Foundation Benefit Golf TournamentClick to Expand
Sponsored and hosted by Patterson Veterinary, Equine Division.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 12:30 pm Shotgun Start Scramble
Shingle Creek Golf Club - Orlando, Florida
(Less than 5 minutes from AAEP Convention Hotels and 20 minutes from the airport)
Entry Fee: $125 per person (by Nov. 1); $150 per person (Nov. 2-18)
(Fee includes greens fee, cart, range balls, transportation from convention hotels, lunch, post-event reception, and a small donation to the AAEP Foundation in your name. Club rentals available on first-come basis.)
Tee up some fun by making plans now to play in the AAEP Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3, prior to the start of the annual convention.
Hosted and sponsored by Patterson Veterinary, the scramble tournament will be held at the Shingle Creek Golf Club, rated a “4-Star Place to Play” by Golf Digest.
Shingle Creek Golf Club is known for its large, undulating greens, plush fairways and an abundance of water hazards. The Club has partnered with the renowned Arnold Palmer Design Company to create a new Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course which will be unveiled in October 2016, just prior to this tournament.
To download an entry form – CLICK HERE.
Or for more information call the AAEP Foundation at (859) 233-0147 or (800) 443-0177 (toll free in the US and Canada) or e-mail Jodie Bingham (email@example.com).
Discounted Admission at Orlando Theme ParksClick to Expand
Orlando is home to the world’s most renowned theme parks. Whether you’re bringing the family with you to Orlando or you’re simply young at heart, you can purchase discounted admission tickets to the parks at Walt Disney World and SeaWorld at the respective websites presented below.
Purchase afternoon and discounted multi-day tickets to Walt Disney World Resort here.
Purchase discounted tickets to SeaWorld and its Aquatica waterpark here.
Future Convention Dates and LocationsClick to Expand
2017 63rd Annual Convention
San Antonio, Texas
2018 64th Annual Convention
San Francisco, California
2019 65th Annual Convention
2020 66th Annual Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada