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Double down on education, networking and fun when the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention heads to the Entertainment Capital of the World—Las Vegas, Nevada!  

How will you play your hand at the AAEP's 61st Annual Convention in Vegas? 

  • Select from among 135 hours of CE relevant to your practice success
  • Expand your professional footprint at daily social events
  • Discover innovative solutions to your practice challenges from nearly 350 exhibitors
  • Embrace your inner tourist in a city that didn't earn the nickname "Entertainment Capital of the World" by accident

We think you will agree that the 61st Annual Convention has come up aces. Push all in!


  • Educational ProgramClick to Expand

    The educational program for the AAEP's 61st Annual Convention will provide you practical and comprehensive sessions covering the veterinary topics most pertinent to your daily practice. With a mix of lectures and smaller Table Topic discussions the knowledge you will walk away with will prove invaluable to your veterinary career.  Click here to browse this year's program.

    Session Descriptions:

    The Business of Practice:
     The ultimate success of your practice depends on much more than your clinical skills. The Business of Practice sessions focus on the non-medical aspects of practice that are essential to a healthy bottom line.

    How-to: Expand your skills repertoire during these focused sessions that walk you step-by-step through procedures that have been successfully deployed by your colleagues. At the conclusion of each presentation, you'll be armed with the information you need to critically evaluate the technique and determine whether or not to implement it in your practice. 

    In-Depth: Dig deeper into important topics within equine veterinary medicine during In-Depth sessions. These sessions tend to feature fewer but longer presentations, enabling a thorough and comprehensive exploration of key components of the subject topic. 

    Table Topics: 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 faciliatated discussions are informal buy highly informative, and draw upon the collective expertise of all attendees. 


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  • RegistrationClick to Expand


    Registration for the 61st Annual AAEP Convention is open! Registration includes 100+ hours of CE, lunch in the Trade Show Sunday-Tuesday, a copy of the Proceedings book, the Welcome Reception on Saturday night and many other educational and networking opportunities. Click here to register. The last day to pre-register is November 6. 

    The PODIATRY WORKSHOP event is now closed for registrations and all those on the waiting list who received a spot have been notified. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

    If you are a veterinary technician, click here to register for the AAEVT Annual Convention.
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    Click on the image above to view the 61st Annual AAEP Convention Registration Kit.

    Registration Rates

      Thru Nov. 6 On Site
    AAEP Member

    $525 $595
    AAEP Honor Roll Member

    $275 $325
    BEVA Member

    $525 $595
    Spouse/Guest Attending Sessions

    $525 $595
    Spouse/Guest NOT Attending Sessions (allows Trade Show entry)

    $25 $25
    AAEP New Applicant (pays dues through 6/30/16)

    $725 $795

    $750 $820
    Current Resident, Intern or Graduate Student 

    $275 $325
    AAEP National Student Member

    $50 $75
    AAEP New Student Applicant (pays dues through 8/31/16) $80 $105

    There are certain networking and educational events that require a separate ticket that you can also register for at the same time as registering for the Convention. Those are the student labs ($125 - open to student registrants only); the President's Luncheon ($50); AAEP Foundation Celebration ($95 thru Nov. 6; $125 after Nov. 6).




  • Hotel AccommodationsClick to Expand

    The AAEP promises a luxurious and affordable stay in Las Vegas with AAEP-member group rates at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino (Convention location), Delano Las Vegas or the Luxor Hotel. Each of these properties boast amenities including pools, spas and shopping, and are central to downtown dining and numerous entertainment venues. Click on one of the links below to make your reservations. Rates listed are per night + applicable taxes. Each property also charges a $10/day resort fee that includes several amenities. The amenities for each are listed below. 

    Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
    Toll Free: 877.632.9001 | Office: 702.632.9000

    Thru Oct. 20 After Oct. 20
    $135 $185

    $10/day resort fee includes: Two complimentary drink vouchers per day; high-speed wireless internet in the room; Cardio Center access on Beach Level; daily newspaper pick-up; in-room local and toll-free calls; and free outgoing fax service. Make your reservation now.

    Delano Las Vegas

    Thru Oct. 20 After Oct. 20
    $165 $215

    $10/day resort fee includes: Complimentary high-speed internet access property-wide; press reader (enjoy a digital newspaper and magazine service on your device); complimentary printing of boarding passes, copies and faxes up to five pages (black and white only); unlimited local and toll-free calls; complimentary access to Bathhouse gym and cardio center; notary services; and complimentary parking including valet.  Make your reservation now.

    Luxor Hotel 

    The AAEP hotel block at this property is currently filled.

  • Trade ShowClick to Expand

    Sunday, Dec. 6-Tuesday, Dec. 8

    Dec. 6: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Dec. 7: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Dec. 8: 9 a.m. - 4 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 ShowTrade Show. Visit Bayside A-C Exhibit Halls in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to shop for your next practice investment or grab a lunch included in your registration. A complete list of current exhibitors is available here.

    Is your company interested in exhibiting during the AAEP's three-day Trade Show in Las Vegas? Click here for details about becoming an exhibitor. 

    While in the Trade Show, swing by AAEP Connect, where you can engage with association and foundation staff at the AAEP booth, recharge yourself and your devices, and put your best foot forward in freshely shined shoes. Enjoy the following services within AAEP Connect:

    Tech Lab

    Sponsored by EQUUS, an AAEP Media Partner and with EquiManagement, part of the AIM Equine Network: Connecting you with more than a million horse owners. 

    Have an issue with or question about your gadget? Need to host a meeting? Want a professional portrait to promote your practice? Stop in the Tech Lab and take advantage of:

    • A tech center with experts available to assist with your phone, tablet or laptop. In addition, a daily table chat with a tech-savvy AAEP member will introduce you toTech Support or help you get the most out of devices, supportive business apps and veterinary software.
    • Charging stations for your phone, tablet or laptop.
    • Meeting pods, with times reserved at the EQUUS booth.
    • Head Shot Lounge, where you can have a professional portrait taken by Fazio Photography and e-mailed to you in just minutes. The Head Shot Lounge will be open 11 a.m.-5 pm. on Sunday and Monday; and 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    AAEP Touch: Shoeshine Service
    Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products.

    Put a shine on your practice with Touch! Enjoy a free shoeshine courtesy of the AAEP initiative Touch: Tools to Connect to Your Clients and Their Horses. The professionals of Shinola Shoeshine Service will help keep you in the black - or brown - by restoring your shoes or boots to their original luster within minutes. 

    Massage Services
    Sponsored by Merial, make of EQUIOXX (firocoxib), GASTROGARD (omeprazole) and ULCERGARD (omeprazole).

    Rejuvenate with a 10-minute neck and shoulder massage performed by a licensed therapist from Event Massage Services. Vouchers for the free massage will be available at the Merial booth. A charging station for your phone, tablet or laptop will also be available within the massage area.

    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 exhibitor names. After collecting stickers to cover the entire card, turn it in at the AAEP booth to be entered in daily drawings for prizes, including a chance to win free registration for the 2016 AAEP Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.!

  • AAEP Annual Convention AppClick to Expand

    Use the AAEP Convention app to browse CE sessions and events, view exhibitors, and begin building your personalized convention agenda. Stay current on session changes, exhibitor contact information, and, if you are using a tablet or iPad, take notes during sessions and email them to yourself for reference later. Download it today!

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    The app's data-syncing feature allows you to access the convention information and your personal itineraries across all of your mobile devices.

    To get started, go to:

    • Notifications: Receive event alerts with the most up-to-the-minute information.
    • Sessions: Create your own itinerary and make your personal appointments.
    • Exhibitors: Search, filter, and mark exhibitors to visit them or contact them through the app. 
    • Twitter: Stay engaged throughout the event (#AAEPVEGAS).

    The best way to take advantage of the AAEP Annual Convention app is to jump right in! We encourage you to explore and take full advantage of all that this app has to offer.

  • Receptions and Social EventsClick to Expand

    Convention 101: Helpful Hints for the First-Time Attendee
    Saturday, Dec. 5, 4:45-5:30 p.m.

    New to the AAEP Annual Convention? If so, acquire tips to maximize your convention experience and meet fellow first-time attendees during this casual program. Afterward, walk together as a group to the Welcome Reception. 

    Welcome ReceptionWelcome Reception
    Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy; and Henry Schein Animal Health Equine. Rely on us. 

    This is your first and one of the best social opportunities to renew acquaintances and make new ones before going to dinner. 

    New Practitioners' Reception
    Sunday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories, the worldwide leader in veterinary diagnostics.

    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. 7, 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.

    Alumni Reception

    Christian Veterinary Mission Evening Seminar
    Monday, Dec. 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Join the CVM for an evening of fellowship. Open to all and registration is not required. 

    Alumni Receptions
    Monday, Dec. 7, 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 shcools 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. 

    The President's Luncheon
    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
    This event requires an additional ticket. Cost is $50 per person and can be purchased with your Convention registration.

    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.

    AAEP Foundation Events

    AAEP Foundation Benefit Golf TournamentGolf Tournament
    Friday, Dec. 4, 11:30 am Shotgun Start Scramble

    Rhodes Ranch Golf Club – Las Vegas, Nev.
    (Less than 15 minutes from AAEP Convention Hotel)
    Sponsored and hosted by Patterson Veterinary, Equine Division.

    Entry Fee: $100 per person by Nov. 6; $125 per person after Nov. 6
    (Fee includes greens fee, cart, range balls, transportation, post-event reception, and a small donation to the AAEP Foundation in your name. Club rentals available on first-come basis.) 

    Click here for more information and to register for the tournament.

    19th Annual AAEP Foundation Celebration
    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
    Mandalay Bay Convention Center
    South Seas Ballroom

    $95 per person (by Nov. 6); $125 (after Nov. 6)(Ticket price includes entertainment, buffet dinner & open bar from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., live & limited silent auction, and dancing.  Music will start at approximately 8:30 pm)

    Click here for more information.

    International Events
    Sponsored by Sound, Your Worldwide Imaging Partner. Visit Booth 5836 for more information.

    International Members' BreakfastInternational Reception
    Monday, Dec. 7, 6:30-8:00 a.m.

    International Members' Reception
    Monday, Dec. 7, 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 63 countries, and members from around the globe are invited.


  • Get Connected, Stay ConnectedClick to Expand



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    Chime in on Twitter using the hashtag #AAEPVEGAS to share your thoughts about speakers, sessions and experiences in Las Vegas.

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    AAEP Rounds

    Click here to communicate with colleagues online in the AAEP Rounds. Rounds members will meet Saturday, Dec. 6 during the Convention. See the educational program for the Rounds meeting schedule.

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  • AAEVT Annual ConventionClick to Expand

    The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians will hold its 11th Annual Convention in conjunction with the AAEP Convention in Las Vegas. All veterinary technicians, support staff, students and assistants are invited to attend.  To learn more about the AAEVT educational program and to register, click here.    AAEVT


  • Future Convention Dates and LocationsClick to Expand

    2016 62nd Annual Convention
    Orlando, Florida
    December 3-7

    2017 63rd Annual Convention
    San Antonio, Texas
    November 17-21

    2018 64th Annual Convention
    San Diego, California
    December 1-5

    2019 65th Annual Convention
    Denver, Colorado
    December 7-11

    2020 66th Annual Convention
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    December 5-9

  • The PurposeClick to Expand

    With over 100 CE credits from which to choose, over 4,000 veterinarians gathered in one city, and a trade show with nearly 400 exhibitors, the Annual Convention provides the AAEP's most comprehensive CE experience.