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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee


Vision Statement

The AAEP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will lead the AAEP's efforts to promote mutual respect for all within the equine veterinary community. We will provide AAEP members with information and resources to better understand and recognize the value and experiences of those belonging to diverse communities. We will ensure that there is continuous evolution of AAEP leadership and membership to accurately reflect society and facilitate improvements that best serve equine industry communities of all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences. 

Mission Statement

The AAEP Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee's purpose is to recruit, advocate for, protect, and support all AAEP members who have experienced inequities and exclusion in the equine veterinary profession as a result of discrimination and oppression. We will make recommendations to the Board with the goal of educating the membership and creating permanent structural change to facilitate continual improvements in representation, safety, respect, inclusion, and equity.


Mitchell Rode, Chair
(540) 955-9115

Board Liaison: Jackie Christakos
Staff Liaison: Sally Baker


Nimet Browne

Rachel Cezar-Martinez

Jessica Conner

Reynolds Cowles

Lindsay Deacon

Sarah Eaton

Alexandra Fielding

Juan Guerra

Scott Hay

Juliea McCall

Rebecca Mears

Rustin Moore

Nadia Saklou

Jeremy Shaba

Deianira Smith

Brittany Veerasammy