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New Practitioners Symposium


If you graduated in the past ten years and are seeking new skills to grow your career, accelerate your learning during the AAEP New Practitioners Symposium, Feb. 19–20, 2022, at the University of Florida.

The program combines two days of highly focused wet labs and virtual education to provide up to 60 early-career veterinarians with an engaging, meaningful and affordable hands-on learning opportunity. You’ll return home with new knowledge and skills that can be put to immediate use. 10 CE hours are offered.

Symposium Format
The Symposium will use a “flipped classroom” model in which attendees refresh their foundational knowledge by completing relevant instructional material at home prior to the event, so that in-person time is devoted to experiential learning through skills application and analysis. 

Here’s how it will work: At least one month prior to the in-person meeting, registrants will be provided digital resources through an online Learning Management System in the form of PowerPoints, scientific papers and instructional videos on the subject matter of the wet labs. Registrants will complete pre-meeting quizzes to ensure understanding and to qualify for CE credits.

When on-site in Gainesville, attendees will rotate in groups of 20 through three 90-minute wet labs each afternoon. Each lab, listed below, will have up to five instructors to provide optimal hands-on training for each registrant.

Saturday Wet Labs:

  • Flash Colic Ultrasound

  • Ultrasound of the Metacarpus/Metatarsus

  • Radiology of the Skull (Sinus & Teeth)

Sunday Wet Labs:

  • Podiatry: Films and Common Conditions

  • Ophthalmology (Exams, Diagnostics)

  • Ultrasound of the Stifle

Supplementing afternoon wet labs will be a series of 15-minute discussions on pertinent medical situations (in a “how-to” format) and important non-medical aspects of successful practice on Saturday morning; and business round table sessions on Sunday morning in which attendees can move between tables and discuss topics such as starting a practice, navigating parenthood in practice, managing student debt and more.


The New Practitioners Symposium is open to all AAEP members who graduated between 2012–2021. Attendance is limited to 60. The registration rate is $400.

Registration is now open! 

Note: When clicking on the Register Now button below, you will be directed to the platform for the AAEP's online learning partner Digitell. Instructions are provided at the top of the web page for logging in or for creating a new Digitell account.




Event Information

February 19, 2022
to February 20, 2022

Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive, PO Box 110230
Gainesville, FL 32611