Sports Medicine Associate from Colorado Joins AAEP Board of Directors
Jackie Christakos, DVM, associate veterinarian at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, Colo., has joined the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She was installed December 7 during the AAEP’s 67th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Her three-year term expires in 2024.
Upon receiving her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2012, Dr. Christakos completed an internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center. She remained on staff as an assistant veterinarian to Dr. Terry Swanson before becoming a full-time associate in 2015. Her primary areas of focus are lameness/sports medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound, but she also enjoys general practice/wellness care, emergency field work and acupuncture.
Dr. Christakos has served on the board of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association for the past four years, including as association president in 2021. She is an official FEI veterinarian for eventing and FEI permitted treating veterinarian. Dr. Christakos is also active within the AAEP, where she currently serves on the Member Engagement and Professional Conduct and Ethics committees. She has also served as an instructor during the Extended Student Program at the annual convention from 2017-2019, session moderator during the AAEP’s 2020 Virtual CE Summer Series and Table Topic moderator during the 2021 annual convention.
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.