The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ new officers and board were inducted on Dec. 9 in San Diego at the AAEP’s 54th Annual Convention.
Harry Werner, VMD, a 30-year AAEP member, took the reins of president during the President’s Luncheon. Dr. Werner owns an internal medicine and emergency care clinic, Werner Equine, in North Granby, Conn. The practice, established in 1979, focuses on the treatment of lameness and performs minor surgeries. Eighty-five percent of the horses treated at the practice are English sport horses.
Other 2009 Executive Committee members include:
• Nathaniel White II, DVM, president-elect.
• Eleanor Green, DVM, immediate past president.<
• William Moyer, DVM, vice president.
• Jeffrey Berk, VMD, treasurer.
Incoming board members include:
• Peter Bousum, VMD, representing District I (North Atlantic).
• B.A. Rucker, DVM, representing District II (Middle Atlantic).
• Scott Hay, DVM, representing District III (South Atlantic).
• Debora Sellon, DVM, Ph.D., representing District IX (Northwest region).
• Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, director at large.
• Desmond “Des” Leadon, international director.
Several equine veterinary leaders were honored at the President’s Luncheon:
• Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, AAEP past president, was named Distinguished Life Member. Dr. Bramlage is an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon and a partner in Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
• Susan White, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate dean for public service and outreach at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. White has serviced the equine community, educating owners and supporting horses in sport in Georgia, for more than 30 years.
In addition, Timothy O’Brien, DVM, Ph.D., and the late John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, were recognized for their efforts as educators and mentors to the many students and colleagues with whom they have been affiliated.
In related news, preliminary attendance figures reached 6,294 Dec. 9, down significantly from last year’s record-breaking attendance of more than 7,200. This year’s figure includes 3,075 veterinarians, students and veterinary technicians, 2,440 exhibitors and 779 guests.