What Happens in Vegas Ends Up Posted on

Day 1: Our regular veterinary contributor shares her game plan for getting the most out of the 2015 AAEP Convention.

No account yet? Register


When I told my friends, family, and colleagues I was going “all in for Vegas” the responses were almost unanimous: immediate smiles and giggles, contented sighs as they recalled their own Sin City antics, and the sarcastic, “Yeah, sure it’s for business.”

But whether your colleagues believe you or if they too picture you waking up with a random baby and a tiger in your room, the 61st American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Annual Convention has officially launched. Get ready to earn your registration, travel dollars, and tiger stripes!

For me, AAEP prep was a military-like mission. It involved traveling from Lake Placid, New York. to Las Vegas; shedding my “practice” hat, children, and clothing (ahem—because it is colder in New York State than Nevada!); and hours airborne. This “me time” provided ample opportunity to devise and commit my “Vegas Plan of Attack” (VPOA) to memory. Although subject to change, my VPOA currently looks something like this:

Step 1: Ensure Fit Bit is fully charged

Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.

TheHorse.com is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into TheHorse.com.

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.


No account yet? Register

Written by:

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

Leave a Reply

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

What lameness issues has your horse experienced? Select all that apply.
107 votes · 207 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with TheHorse.com!