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Pre-registration for this meeting has closed. Still interested in attending, you may register on-site at the AAEP Registration Desk in Grand Cayman.

Sun, Sand and Sport Horse Medicine!

Indulge in tropical midwinter bliss during the AAEP’s 19th Annual Resort Symposium, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017, at Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, ranked the No. 1 beach in 
the world for 2015-2016 by U.S News and World Report Travel.

During three half-day educational sessions, concentrate exclusively on the latest thinking in sport horse medicine. Following sessions, grab the sunscreen for some fun in the Caribbean sun. 

Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach is renowned for its soft coral sand and crystal-clear water, ideal conditions to snorkel the colorful reefs and their diverse marine life just offshore. In the evening, relax and enjoy the local fare and entertainment at the area’s beach bars and restaurants. 

If your clients’ horses run, jump, spin or slide, make plans to feel the sand between your toes and gentle sea breeze in your hair at the 2017 Resort Symposium.

Pre-registration for this meeting has closed. Still interested in attending, you may register on-site at the AAEP Registration Desk in Grand Cayman.

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  • Educational ProgramClick to Expand

    Monday, January 30

    Sport Horse Medicine - Amy L. Johnson


    Neurologic, Lame, or Both?

    Horses fail to meet performance expectations for many reasons, with lameness being one of the most common. Mild neurologic disease can often mimic or be mistaken for an orthopedic lameness, and some horses might have both problems. This presentation will discuss ways to differentiate neurologic from musculoskeletal disease.



    Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis - One Disease, Many Symptoms

    Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is the most common infectious neurologic disease diagnosed in the United States. However, widespread equine exposure to the causative organisms leads to over diagnosis and unwarranted treatment. This presentation will review recommended diagnostic criteria, commercially available diagnostic tests, and treatment options.


    Lyme Disease and Neuroborreliosis - What Do We Know? 

    Horses are frequently bitten by ticks and infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Owners frequently ascribe their horses’ clinical signs to Lyme disease, but how often is it really the cause? This presentation will summarize current knowledge regarding Lyme disease and neuroborreliosis in horses.


    Headshaking - Where to Start? 

    Horses with headshaking syndrome can be challenging to diagnose and manage. This presentation will cover recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of headshakers.



    Cervical Radiographs – A Neurologist’s Perspective 

    More and more practitioners are regularly obtaining cervical radiographs on their clients’ horses, but interpretation can be challenging and depends on the circumstance (e.g., performance problem vs. pre-purchase exam). This presentation will provide a framework for interpreting cervical radiographs and highlight information that they can and cannot provide.


    Tuesday, January 31 

    Imaging for the Sport Horse – Sarah M. Puchalski



    Radiography in a Digital Age 

    Digital imaging has greatly improved the capabilities of equine practitioners. The common use of digital radiographs also opens the doors for many opportunities and also many pitfalls. Commonly encountered problems with acquisition and interpretation will be reviewed including: digital artifacts, artifacts of positioning, and factors leading to errors in interpretation. Opportunities made possible by digital imaging will be reviewed including: imaging transfer, teleradiology, and the integration of imaging specialists.  



    Advanced Imaging of the Equine Athlete 

    Performance problems in the sport horse take on many different presentations ranging from unilateral lameness to neurologic dysfunction. Making an accurate diagnosis is universally accepted as critical to appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.  Yet choosing which of the numerous available techniques remains confusing. This segment will provide a review of nuclear scintigraphy, MRI, and CT and introduce some novel techniques such as PET and robotic imaging.  This segment will discuss indications, clinical rationale for appropriate use, logistics, practical applications and costs of the readily available techniques.  There will be an emphasis on case examples to illustrate the use of each technique. 



    A New Look at Old Problems:  Observations on Fetlock Subchondral Injury and Proximal Metacarpal/-tarsal Pain 

    Advanced imaging techniques have provided greater insight into problematic anatomic sites. This segment will focus on the fetlock and proximal cannon bone region and novel lameness conditions.  



    Diagnostic Imaging Potpourri: Case Examples 

    This segment will use clinical cases from various anatomic regions to emphasize how advanced imaging improves our ability to use routine techniques with greater accuracy.  


    Wednesday, February 1


    Sport Horse Lameness and Rehabilitation – Tracy A. Turner



    Sport Horse Lameness 

    Sport horses have lameness issues like all horses but more commonly, the issues are reduced physical performance or perceived reduced performance. This lecture will explore those subtle lameness issues that are difficult to see and discuss methods to help quantitate these issues.



    Gizmos and Gadgets, Witchcraft or Wizardry? 

    Every time you pick up a horse magazine there is an advertisement for the newest therapy, guaranteed to heal whatever ails your horse and improve their performance. This discussion will look at the research and discuss how these therapies work, if they work and will discuss cost benefit ratios.



    Training and Rehabilitation 

    Exercise is the key, how much, how hard and how fast. This discussion will look at aspects of training and conditioning and how they affect the return of the injured equine athlete. 



    Practical Equine Rehabilitation for the Equine Practitioner 

    How can the average practitioner use this information to expand and improve their practice? This discussion will answer that question and summarize incorporating this information into everyday use.



  • RegistrationClick to Expand

    Pre-registration for this meeting has closed. Still interested in attending, you may register on-site at the AAEP Registration Desk in Grand Cayman. Registration fees included all meeting sessions and materials, breakfast on January 31 and February 1, and the Welcome Reception, which will be held January 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. 

    Registration Rates:

    AAEP Member


    First Guest $0

    Additional Guests (per person) $80
  • Meet Our PresentersClick to Expand


    Amy Johnson


    Amy Johnson

    Amy L. Johnson, DVM, DACVIM
    Dr. Johnson is assistant professor of large animal medicine and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She is one of only five veterinarians in the world to be board certified in both large animal internal medicine and neurology, and one of only two veterinarians practicing large animal neurology in the U.S. Dr. Johnson’s practice focuses on diagnosis and treatment of nervous system diseases, including Wobbler syndrome, EPM and neurologic Lyme disease.


    Sarah Puchalski Sarah M. Puchalski, DVM, DACVR
    Dr. Puchalski is an internationally recognized diagnostic imaging consultant who divides her time between Circle Oak Equine in Petaluma, Calif., and Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, Fla. She was on faculty for eight years at the University of California, Davis, where her research interests centered on use of novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis of lameness in equine athletes. Dr. Puchalski shows her mare Lucia de Luxe in amateur-owner and regional grand prix classes.
    Tracy Turner Tracy A. Turner, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
    Following 12 years with Anoka Equine, Dr. Turner in 2016 founded Turner Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Stillwater, Minn., to concentrate exclusively on sports medicine, lameness and surgery. He consults for the Fédération Equestre Internationale and U.S. Equestrian Federation, and has worked multiple international equestrian events, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as an FEI examining veterinarian.



  • Hotel ReservationsClick to Expand

    Enjoy a AAA Four Diamond resort nestled among tropical palm and sacuarina tress situated beachfront on 700 feet of pristine white sand.

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    The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
    Seven Mile Beach
    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    (800) 937-8461

    The AAEP group hotel rate is $369 per night plus applicable taxes (currently 13% plus 10% service charge). The Resort also charges a $20 per day resort fee that includes complimentary in-room Internet, coffee and water service; pool, beach chairs and towels; and use of the fitness center.

    There are a limited number of hotels rooms still available at the Westin. Please call the hotel directly at (800) 937-8461 to make your reservation. If you have any questions about room availability after contacting the Westin, please contact Lori Rawls, AAEP director of finanace and operations, at (859) 537-1443 or The deadline for reservations is Friday, January 6, 2017.


  • Explore Grand Cayman - Optional ToursClick to Expand

    Join with your veterinary colleagues to experience the spectacular natural beauty, points of interest and rich culture of this island paradise 480 miles due south of Miami. Register for optional group excursions when you register for the meeting. Excursion prices include round-trip transportation.


    Horseback Riding
    $100 per person – beach ride
    $150 per person – beach ride and swim

    Available: Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 1
    Departure: 1:30 p.m.; Return:4:00 p.m.
    Lunch not included

    Saddle up and enjoy a deserted stretch of Caribbean beach on horseback. A pro will lead your group through the woods along the northern coast of West Bay, then on to the beach, where your horse will venture into the water if you like. The beach ride lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes; the beach ride and swim is 1 hour and 45 minutes. For each ride option, a minimum of four guests are required to participate, with a maximum of six guests.

    Horseback Riding

    Cayman Cultural Safari Tour
    $100 per person 

    Available: Wednesday, Feb. 1
    Departure: 1:00 p.m.; Return: 5:30 p.m.
    Lunch not included

    Climb aboard a customized Land Rover and see “the other side of the island.” Enjoy a true Caymanian experience through interaction with locals and visits to key historic and cultural sites, primarily in the Eastern Districts. Stops on this 3 ½-hour trip include Crystal Caves, Pedro St. James, Botanic Park, Wreck of the Ten Sails and East End Light House Park. A minimum of 12 guests are required to participate, with a maximum of 18 guests.


    Catamaran Sail to Stingray City
    $130 per person 

    Available: Tuesday, Jan. 31
    Departure: 1:30 p.m.; Return: 6:00 p.m.
    Appetizers, beer, wine and rum punch included

    Enjoy the scenery, sun and sea breeze aboard a luxurious 65-foot catamaran. This 3 ½-hour trip includes a stop at Stingray City, where you’ll be able to stand or snorkel with friendly Southern Stingrays that swim and play with visitors. A minimum of 50 guests are required to participate, with a maximum of 70 guests.



    Additional non-exclusive activities will be available through the hotel concierge. Please contact personnel at the AAEP registration desk and in The Westin lobby for more information.

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    Flight Information

    Passports are required for traveling to Grand Cayman, which is currently served by Air Canada, American, Cayman Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United and WestJet airlines. Flights arrive at Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM in GeorgeTown, about a 15-minute cab ride to the Westin. Guests are advised to book flights early.


    The Cayman Islands dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar at the rate of 1 USD=0.82 CID. This rate does not fluctuate. U.S. currency is accepted throughout the island, although change will generally be returned in Cayman Island dollars. Most stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards and travelers' checks.