American Association of Equine Practitioners
American Association of Equine Practitioners

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Pre-registration for this meeting is now closed. On-site registration will be available beginning Friday, December 2 at 3 p.m. at the AAEP Registration Desk.  

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

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!

Explore the Convention registration kit online, and register, book your hotel and more in the tabs below.
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  • 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.

    Session Descriptions

    The Business of Practice
    Focus on the non-medical aspects of practice that are essential to a healthy bottom line during The Business of
    Practice sessions.

    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.

    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 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
    Committee Meeting

    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
                                   Racing Committee

    3:00-5:00 p.m.    Educational Programs Committee

    Sunday, Dec. 4

    4:00-6:00 p.m.  President’s Advisory Council*

    *Open only to members of the council or committee

    Rounds Meetings

    Saturday, Dec. 3

    1:00-2:45 p.m.  Business Education
                                Complementary & Alternative Medicine
                                Public Auction
                                Purchase Exam
                                English Sport Horse
                                New Practitioners

    3:15-5:00 p.m.  Dentistry
                                Infectious Disease
                                Solo Practitioner

    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


    Pre-registration for this meeting is now closed. On-site registration will be available beginning Friday, December 2 at 3 p.m. at the AAEP Registration Desk.  
    convention quote
        Thru Nov. 1 Onsite
    AAEP Member

      $525 $595
    AAEP Honor Roll Member

      $275 $330

      $755 $825
    AAEP New Member Applicant

      $685 $755
    BEVA Member

      $525 $595
    Current Resident, Intern or Graduate Student   $280 $330

    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 a special rate at an Orlando hotel and partnered with Experient to handle all of your reservations. The hotel is listed below. Click here to get started. The deadlline to make your hotel reservations is Nov. 16.

    Rosen Centre Hotel
    9840 International Dr
    OrlandoFL 32819-8111
    Distance from Orange County Convention Ctr West: 0.6 miles

    Rates start at $193.

    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.

    Rosen Centre Hotel




  • 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. 

    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’ ReceptionNew Practitioner 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.

    Alumni Receptions
    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.

    President's Luncheon
    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.

    International Events
    Sponsored by Sound, Your Worldwide Equine Imaging Partner, visit Booth #1321 for more information.

    International Events
    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. 

  • Convention App and Social MediaClick to Expand

    AAEP Convention App 
    Sponsored by Zoetis. "For Animals. For Health. For You."

    Why wait until you're on site in Orlando when you can use the AAEP Convention App to browse sessions and events, find exhibitors and build your personalized convention agenda? A data-syncing feature enables access to convention information and personal itineraries across all of your mobile devices. If you use a table or iPad, you can take notes during sessions and email them to yourself for reference later. Search "AAEP Education" at the App Store or Google Play to download. 


    The AAEP Annual Convention is Social!

    Stay connected and keep up with the chatter using the hashtag #AAEP16 when joining the conversation.





  • 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 Trade Showthe 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:

    Meeting Pods
    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!


    Health Fair
    Sponsored by EQUUS/EquiManagement: Your source for horse health and business information; Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc., the makers of Cosequin; Platinum Performance, “Good Trade ShowNutrition 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
    Trade Show 5



  • 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’Celebration
    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.


    Ticket Sales

    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.

    The FreeSplashing 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

    Patterson logo


    Sponsored and hosted by Patterson Veterinary, Equine Division.

    Saturday, Dec. 3, 12:30 pm Shotgun Start ScrambleAAEPF logo
    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.)


    Shingle CreekTee 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 (

  • Media Credential FormClick to Expand

    Members of the media are given complimentary entrance to the AAEP 62nd Annual Convention. Click here to download the request form and submit it to Sally Baker at by November 1.

  • 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

  • 2017 Call for PapersClick to Expand

    Interested in submitting a paper to be presented at the 63rd Annual Convention, Nov. 17-21, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas? Click here for Instructions for Authors and information on the submission process. 

  • Future Convention Dates and LocationsClick to Expand

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

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

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

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