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Equine Welfare Champion Dr. Midge Leitch Honored with the AAEPís Distinguished Service Award
December 05, 2012
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has presented its 2012 Distinguished Service Award to Midge Leitch, VMD, DACVS, for her longtime service to the welfare of the horse.
Dr. Leitch was honored Dec. 4 during the Presidentís Luncheon at the 58th Annual Convention in Anaheim, Calif.
Recently retired from the University of Pennsylvaniaís New Bolton Center, where she was responsible for the Radiology Service, including MRI and CT, Dr. Leitch has facilitated forums, led task forces, presented at educational meetings and guided the governing entities of the association since joining the AAEP in 1973. She represented District II as a member of the board of directors from 2003-2006 and served as chair of the Equine Welfare Committee from 2008-2010. She has represented the AAEP as an alternate delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Associationís Welfare Committee and as a member of the AVMAís Euthanasia Panel.
During her term as chair of the Equine Welfare Committee, Dr. Leitch called attention to timely welfare issues with an emphasis on unwanted horses and the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. She led the associationís efforts to create a white paper on the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. In honor of her efforts to promote welfare, Past President Eleanor Green, DVM, presented Dr. Leitch with the inaugural Presidentís Award in 2008.
Dr. Leitch received her veterinary degree from UPenn in 1973 and completed a surgical residency in 1976. After several years as assistant professor in surgery at UPenn, she left in 1980 to enter private practice, focusing on sport horse care while continuing to teach at UPenn as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery. She returned to New Bolton Center as a full-time clinician in 2005. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.
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