Luke Bass, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, and Mitchell K. Rode, DVM, have joined the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) board of directors.

They were installed during the Dec. 4 President’s Luncheon at the 2018 AAEP Convention, held in San Francisco, California. Each will serve a three-year term, which will expire in 2021.

Bass is assistant professor and head of the Equine Field Service at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He received his veterinary degree in 2007 from Colorado State University and joined the faculty in 2013, following six years in private practice in California and Colorado. His focus is equine ambulatory medicine and teaching veterinary students and undergraduate equine science. He also serves as faculty advisor for the school’s AAEP student chapter.

An AAEP member since 2003, Bass serves on the CE Steering Committee and as co-facilitator of the Model Education Task Force. He previously served on the Educational Programs, Membership Development and Student Relations committees. He has published in refereed and nonrefereed journals and presented multiple abstracts at the AAEP Annual Convention.

Rode is the founding owner of Clarke Equine—Wellness and Performance, in Berryville, Virginia. Prior to starting his own practice in 1987, he worked in mixed-animal practices where he focused exclusively on the care of horses. Clarke Equine is now a two-veterinarian clinic offering ambulatory and intermediate care services to the northern Shenandoah Valley and the outlying areas of Washington, D.C. 

A 1980 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and an AAEP member since 1983, Rode has volunteered on the Educational Programs and Leadership Development committees and as moderator of the Business Management Rounds. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Clarke County Equine Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports horse-related businesses and activities in his local area.