The President’s Award, selected by the sitting AAEP president, honors an AAEP member who has demonstrated a dedication to the association during the past year by contributing a significant portion of time and expertise to benefit the health and welfare of the horse.
McInturff, co-owner and president of Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station, with several satellite facilities throughout the state, has volunteered as campaign cabinet chair of the foundation’s “Taking the Lead – The Campaign for the Horse.” At the start of the annual convention, and with less than six weeks remaining in the campaign, more than $9.6 million had been raised toward the $10 million goal. These funds will enable the foundation to significantly expand its impact around the world in support of its mission to improve the welfare of the horse.
“Dr. McInturff encouraged the entire board of directors to get behind the ambitious campaign to raise $10 million, and he pledged to lead that effort if everyone in the room was fully committed to the cause. Of course, we all were,” said Emma Read, DVM, MVSc, Dipl. ACVS, 2022 AAEP president.
“Today we can all be proud because that campaign has been highly successful,” she continued. “We have pledges, documented estate commitments, and outright gifts, as well as fundraising activities that surely help us meet that goal.”
McInturff received his veterinary degree from Auburn University in 1989. After two years as an associate veterinarian in Alabama, he returned to his native Tennessee to start his own practice. McInturff served on the AAEP board of directors from 2013 to 2015, and he has additionally served on The Foundation for the Horse’s advisory council and on the Equine Welfare and Nominating committees.