Over 5,200 veterinary professionals, guests and exhibitors attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 48th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., setting a new attendance record for the meeting. The convention, held Dec. 4-8, 2002, featured nearly 100 scientific presentations, a sold-out trade show and an equine health seminar for horse owners.

“Dr. Tom Lenz and the Program Committee developed an outstanding Scientific Program for the convention, and our members responded,” said David Foley, AAEP executive director.  “The location also played a significant role in our record attendance, as Florida is one of our strongest states for membership.”

Highlights from the convention include the following:

Installation of new officers and board members

The 2003 Executive Committee and new members of the board of directors took office on Dec. 7. The members of the Executive Committee are Thomas R. Lenz, DVM, MS, DipACT, Louisburg, Kan., president; Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, MS, DipACVS, Lexington, Ky., president-elect; Scott Palmer, VMD, Clarksburg, N.J., vice president; Jerry B. Black, DVM, Oakdale, Calif., immediate past president; and John S. Mitchell, DVM, Boca Raton, Fla., treasurer.

New members of the board of directors are Robert Hillman, DVM, District I; Midge Leitch, VMD, District II; Susan L. White, DVM, District III; Warwick Bayly, BVSc, PhD, District IX; K. Josef Boening, DMV, DipECVS, international director; and Jeff Blea, DVM, director-at-large.

Award winners

Several awards were presented at