The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) was founded in 1954 by a group of 11 charter members who saw that together they could direct the focus of equine veterinary medicine.
Today, the AAEP, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. Nearly 9,300 veterinarians and veterinary students in 61 countries are members of the AAEP.
The AAEP's mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. These principles have guided the AAEP for more than six decades in the activities and services it provides.
- The AAEP will be the members' primary resource for education, professional development and ethical standards
- The AAEP and its members will be recognized as the voice and authority for the health and welfare of the horse.
- The AAEP will be financially secure.
- The AAEP will be the respected source of information for influencing public policy
Strategic Plan 2020
The AAEP conducts strategic planning in order to set priorities for the association which will benefit its membership, the profession, and, most importantly, the horse. Informed by the results of the 2014 membership survey, the AAEP board of directors held its most recent strategic planning session in July 2015. The five-year plan and its implementation tactics were formally approved in January 2016.
The five strategic objectives of Vision 2020 are:
- Membership Value. The AAEP will work to provide enhanced membership benefits for all member segments and practice types. Furthermore, AAEP will seek to increase member engagement in the Touch Initiative.
- Communications. The AAEP is committed to providing timely communication to its members on issues affecting practice, the profession, and the equine industry. We will utilize current technologies and an improved web site platform to improve member convenience and accessibility to information.
- Education. The AAEP will continue its culture of innovation and excellence by offering the finest continuing education for the equine veterinarian in the world. Furthermore, the education will be membership-driven and focused on providing education on timely topics and enhancing the member experience.
- Wellness. To improve the quality of life issues surrounding members of the equine veterinary profession, the AAEP will identify resource materials and develop select educational programming to address the many challenges that veterinary students and equine practitioners face in their personal and professional lives so they can better serve their families, clients, and patients.
- Promoting the Profession. The AAEP will expand its outreach to other industry stakeholders on the value of the equine veterinarian. Furthermore, with the prudent use of financial resources, AAEP will position its members as the authoritative source for the health and welfare of the horse.