New members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) board of directors were sworn in during the Dec. 4 President’s Luncheon at the 58th Annual Convention, taking place in Anaheim, Calif.

The AAEP inducted Colorado State University (CSU) professor David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, whose leadership has helped shape the association’s educational programs, as director-at-large. Frisbie’s term will expire in 2015.

Frisbie researches innovative therapies for treating joint disease and serves as associate professor of equine surgery at CSU College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he is a practicing partner with Equine Sports Medicine and a senior scientist at the Orthopedic Research Center.

Since joining the AAEP in 2001, Frisbie has provided guidance to the Educational Programs Committee (EPC) as a member for two terms and the chair for one term. In addition, he’s served on the AAEP’s Abstract Review and Convention Planning committees, as well as the Medication Regulation and Western Performance Horse Task Forces. Frisbie received the 2001 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence and the 2011 AAEP President’s Award for outstanding service on the EPC.

Wendy Vaala, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, a Wisconsin veterinarian employed in equine pharmaceutical research and development, was also sworn in during the luncheon. Vaala, who will represent District V on the board, will serve until 2015.

Vaala has served as senior equine technical veterinarian with Merck Animal Health (formerly Intervet) since 2004, after eight years in private practice in New Jersey where she developed an intern