AAEP Convention 1998 Wrap-Up

Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of

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Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. With Baltimore temperatures ranging into the 70s, it was tempting for the 4,081 attendees (including 2,208 veterinarians and veterinary students) to play hooky and stroll around the Inner Harbor. But the lectures were full, and the various continuing education opportunities seemed to meet the needs of the wide variety of veterinarians and equine professionals who attended the convention. There also was the largest trade show ever, with 273 companies exhibiting their wares for the veterinarians in attendance.


The annual banquet, an All-American Clam Bake theme this year, was highlighted with a performance by the Capitol Steps, whose political satire had the attendants rolling with laughter. Fort Dodge Animal Health was the sponsor for the evening.


Although the AAEP Convention program did not begin until Sunday, Dec. 6, the organization’s work was taking place much earlier. As the various companies moved their materials into the exhibit hall for the trade show and veterinarians from all across the globe continued to stream into the airport and check into hotels around the city’s Inner Harbor, the AAEP was holding committee meetings and members were participating in the Society for Theriogenology meeting held just prior to and in association with the AAEP convention (for more information see page 209).


The sessions opened with keynote speaker Ed Foreman, who went from farm boy to self-made millionaire by age 26. This motivational speaker had the participants talking, and thinking, about a more positive lifestyle. The keynote speaker, who also conducted a professional development seminar, was sponsored by Bayer Corporation

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