Diagnostic Imaging Expert from Kentucky Appointed AAEP Vice President
Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS, shareholder and director of diagnostic imaging at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., has been appointed 2022 vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She will be installed during the Dec. 7 President’s Luncheon at the 67th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2024.
A 2003 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Garrett completed two internships and an equine surgery residency at Rood & Riddle before achieving board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012. She remained on staff as an associate focused on Thoroughbred sales work before her emphasis shifted to diagnostic imaging, with particular interests in musculoskeletal MRI and upper airway imaging. Dr. Garrett became a shareholder of the practice in 2018.
“I am fortunate to have been involved in volunteer service with the AAEP since early in my veterinary career,” said Dr. Garrett. “The organization has provided opportunities for me to work with colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds for the benefit of the horse and the equine veterinary profession, which has been a very rewarding experience. I look forward to continuing to serve the AAEP in this new role.”
An AAEP member since 2003, Dr. Garrett served on the board of directors from 2015–2017, chaired both the Educational Programs Committee and Member Engagement Committee, and served as program chair of the AAEP’s 2011 Resort Symposium continuing education meeting. She has co-anchored the popular Kester News Hour session at the AAEP’s Annual Convention since 2019. Dr. Garrett has authored multiple textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and she frequently speaks at national and international veterinary conferences.
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, 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.