American Association of Equine Practitioners
American Association of Equine Practitioners

  • 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 will 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.

  • Student Extended ProgramClick to Expand


    Lay the groundwork for your eventual transition from veterinary school to professional practice and achievement of your career ambitions by absorbing the wisdom and guidance of successful AAEP members during the annual convention’s robust slate of student offerings.



    Extended Student Program
    Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., Shaping the Future of Equine Health.
    Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
    Separate registration required at an additional cost of $125 required by Nov. 1. Limited to 100 students. 

    Refine your skills in essential areas of equine medicine and benefit from the insights of successful practitioners in diverse career paths during the premium portion of Saturday’s Extended Student Program.


    Hands-on Labs
    8:00-11:15 a.m. and 12:30-3:45 p.m.
    Included with separate Student Program registration. 

    Develop practical, marketable skills with hands-on training in core practice areas. Under the guidance of experts in the field, you will rotate through all four labs and train in the areas of imaging, podiatry, reproduction and business. Each lab session is 90 minutes. Participation is capped at 100 total students, who will be divided into four groups of 25 to ensure optimal training and skills development.

    1. Clinical Radiology of the Distal Limb: More Than KVPs and MAs

    Learn how to use wireless radiographic equipment to acquire high-quality images of the distal limb. Afterward, you will be given a set of digital films and challenged to interpret them as a veterinarian to a mock client, explaining normal anatomy and radiographic findings in a way that adds style and value to your practice.


    2. Podiatry: No Foot, No Horse

    Master the basics of hoof care, from trimming to shoeing the normal hoof, before engaging in discussions and demonstrations of various techniques employed to manage pathological hoof conditions.


    3. Diagnostic Tools for Stallion Reproductive Evaluation

    Develop your ultrasonographic and endoscopic techniques on stallion genitalia. Using stallion specimens, you will practice scrotal ultrasonography and urethral endoscopy using unique modeling systems constructed by lab instructor Dr. Malgorzata Pozor.


    4. Business of Practice 101

    Discover the non-medical aspects essential to a healthy practice through business-based case studies of common clinical appointments. You will be given case studies of commonly seen cases and act as the veterinarian interacting with mock clients to advance your understanding of what to bill, what to include in a medical record and what it costs to perform a case.


    Lunch and Learn
    11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Included with separate Student Program registration 

    Learn about different career opportunities in equine practice while enjoying lunch with your fellow students.


    Hoof Test Challenge
    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Open to all students at no additional cost.

    Unwind from the stresses of life as a veterinary student at the 4th annual Hoof Test Challenge, an entertaining and lighthearted game show-style contest in which teams of students pit their knowledge of equine medicine and pop culture against each other. Captained by volunteer practitioners, teams will answer trivia questions and compete in “Minute to Win It” and Jeopardy-style challenges. Prizes will be awarded. Following the Hoof Test Challenge, walk together as a group to the Welcome Reception and join DVM members, exhibitors and others at the traditional social kickoff to the annual convention.




    Prior to the start of Sunday’s student programming, assemble with other convention attendees for the Opening Session, Keynote and Kester News Hour: 

    Opening Session
    8:00-9:00 a.m.

    Gather with student and DVM members for the traditional kick off to the annual convention! News affecting equine medicine in 2016 and special recognitions will be spotlighted.


    Keynote: Every Choice Has a Consequence: Ethics, Integrity and the Power of Choices in Life and Business
    Sponsored by Merck Animal Health. The Science of Healthier Animals.
    9:00-10:00 a.m. 

    In his unusually authentic style, acclaimed ethics speaker Chuck Gallagher will draw upon personal stories and poignant life lessons to help you increase ethics awareness to achieve professional and personal success.


    Kester New Hour
    10:15-11:15 a.m.

    Acquire highlights from the latest scientific papers within specific areas of equine medicine. 


    Welcome and Poster Competition
    11:30-11:50 a.m.

    Students were invited to submit a single PowerPoint slide presenting a case of interest. The top three submissions will be presented. Additional posters will be printed by the AAEP and displayed prominently within the student area on Sunday and in the trade show during the remainder of the convention.


    Panel: Work-Life Balance
    11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

    Absorb tips and advice from veteran practitioners who have successfully managed their careers while expanding their families.


    Back to Basics: The Changing Face of Equine Dental Care
    Sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, a leader in equine research and nutritional products, “Feed Greatness.”
    1:30-4:30 p.m.

    All students are highly encouraged to attend this general session to acquire the knowledge necessary to perform basic dental care and strengthen your oncoming role as your clients’ healthcare authority. Each of the six presentations contains core concepts for new graduates.


    1:30 p.m.             How to Improve Your Equine Dentistry Practice by Better Understanding Oral Anatomy

    2:00 p.m.             How to Perform an Equine Oral Examination

    2:30 p.m.             How to Digitally Document a Dental Examination

    3:00 p.m.             How to Diagnose Class 1 Malocclusions in the Horse

    3:30 p.m.             How to Improve the Diagnostic Quality of Your Dental Radiographs

    4:00 p.m.             How and When to Extract Wolf Teeth and Persistent Deciduous Premolars



  • 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.  

        Thru Nov. 1 Onsite
    AAEP National Student Member   $50 $80
    AAEP New Student Applicant   $80 $110
    AAEP Saturday Labs
    (Separate ticket required)

     Advance registration only

    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 last day to make your reservation 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




  • Student Financial AssistanceClick to Expand

    There are two exciting opportunities available for you to receive financial assistance to attend the 2016 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida!

    2nd Annual Poster Competition:  
    AAEP Student Programs Committee is soliciting case presentations in a poster format from any student members of the AAEP for the purpose of display to all members at the Annual Convention. It will highlight student involvement in student chapters and will allow students to demonstrate initiative to future employers. In addition, if chosen as one of the top three students, you will be given the opportunity to formally present at the Annual Convention, which may provide a more acceptable reason to travel to the meeting in the eyes of your college’s administration. Cases might include those seen in summer jobs or at veterinary school.
    If your poster is accepted, it will be on display during the student program and Trade Show. The top three posters will be chosen to be presented at the Convention during the student program on Sunday morning, and those students will be given complimentary Convention registration and a $300 travel stipend to attend.
    Please see the documents below for more information about the Poster Competition:

    Poster Competition Instructions

    2016 Student Poster Competition Slide Template

    Sample Meterboard and FAQ

    Deadline to submit a poster to Darcy Brumback is October 10, 2016.

    Purina/Avenues Convention Registration & Travel Stipend 
    This year, 25 scholarships will be awarded for registration to the 2016 Annual Convention and the Extended Student Program on Saturday December 3, 2016. In addition to complimentary registration, students will receive a $300 travel stipend through the generosity of AAEP Educational Partner, Purina.
    Please download the applicationDeadline to apply is October 14, 2016.


  • Student EventsClick to Expand


    Student Chapter Presidents’ Breakfast
    Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:00-8:00 a.m.

    Student chapter presidents are invited to meet their colleagues and AAEP staff to discuss student perspectives on AAEP programming and the equine profession.

    Student LuncheonLuncheon
    Sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, a leader in equine research and nutritional products. “Feed Greatness.”
    Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Join us for an interactive lunch and acquire insights from experienced practitioners in a casual roundtable setting. After lunch, benefit from professional development sessions focused on work-life balance. The top three poster submissions on a case of interest will be presented afterward.

    Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night
    Sponsored by Merck Animal Health. The Science of Healthier Animals.
    Sunday, Dec. 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Discuss internship and externship opportunities, work philosophies and more with representatives from dozens of the top equine practices in North America. This is a must-attend event that could jump-start your career! 

    Student Faculty Advisors’ Breakfast
    Monday, Dec. 5, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

    Faculty advisors from participating veterinary schools are invited to a casual breakfast and discussion of issues relevant to AAEP student programming. 

    AAEP Student Central
    Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., Shaping the Future of Equine Health.

    Enjoy informal “coffee chat” discussions with veteran practitioners, meet other student members from around the world or simply relax between sessions at Student Central, a coffee-house style environment that serves as the convention hub for students

    The AAEP thanks Purina for its sponsorship of student travel stipends. Through Purina’s support, 40 student members will receive financial assistance with travel to the AAEP’s 62nd Annual Convention.

  • 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" 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.





  • 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 1309 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. 

  • 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



  • 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
    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