Equine veterinarians will push “all in” on education, networking and entertainment when the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show convenes at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 5-9.

The annual convention is the world’s largest continuing education event dedicated to equine veterinary practice. In 2009, when the convention was last held in Las Vegas, a record 7,611 equine veterinarians, veterinary students, technicians, and exhibitors attended.

With a choice from approximately 100 hours of continuing education credit in various learning formats, equine practitioners will acquire the most current clinical knowledge in diverse and important areas of equine medicine such as field imaging and surgery, foal medicine, internal medicine, lameness, neurology, reproduction, and trauma and wound management. In addition, a new podiatry workshop on Dec. 5 will enhance practitioners’ understanding of and ability to treat a variety of hoof conformations through morning lectures and afternoon wet labs.

Additionally, a broad slate of student programming designed to facilitate the transition from veterinary school to practice will include a variety of dry labs and professional development sessions, as well as the traditional Avenues Career Night at which students can explore internship and externship opportunities with representatives from dozens of leading equine practices across North America. As a convenience for students who have final exams the following week, the vast majority of student programming will be held Dec. 5 and 6.

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