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2018 Convention Calls Practitioners to San Francisco to Transform Equine Practice

Jul 9, 2018

The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 64th Annual Convention, to be held Dec. 1–5 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif., will bring equine veterinarians and veterinary students together to gain new clinical knowledge that promotes the highest standard of care for their patients.

The convention is the world’s largest continuing education event dedicated to equine practice, offering approximately 130 hours of CE presented by renowned researchers, academicians and practitioners; and a 300-exhibitor trade show showcasing the latest technologies, services and products to improve practice. 

A diverse selection of sessions will be available in the educational program, covering topics such as lameness, dentistry and theriogenology. In addition, esteemed physician, educator and bestselling author Dr. Abraham Verghese will discuss the need to refocus on the doctor-patient relationship and its foundation in the physical exam when he gives the keynote presentation. Acclaimed equine cardiologist and ultrasonography pioneer Dr. Virginia B. Reef will help practitioners diagnose and treat equine cardiovascular conditions when she delivers the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

New this year, AAEP member-attendees can register to participate in up to two small-group dry labs. The labs will take place Monday, Dec. 3 on the topics of radiology, wound management, ophthalmology and neonatal medicine. 

The educational program also will integrate daily, non-scientific sessions of importance to veterinary professionals, focused on business, ethics and addiction.
Among the many social and networking events will be the inaugural After Party on Tuesday, Dec. 4. At this free event on the final night of the convention, attendees and exhibitors will enjoy games, a DJ, dancing, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, along with a fully stocked cash bar. 

To register, view the complete educational program or book a hotel room, visit

In addition, the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the AAEP’s 64th Annual Convention. For more information, visit

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 over 9,000 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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