The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has announced that the 2020 AAEP Annual Convention & Trade Show, originally scheduled for Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will instead take place as a virtual event. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential safety risks to AAEP members, staff, exhibitors, and others attending necessitated the move, according to an AAEP statement.

The newly envisioned AAEP Virtual Annual Convention & Trade Show will include many of the popular elements which have brought equine veterinarians together annually for nearly seven decades: peer-reviewed education; camaraderie with colleagues; and connection to trade show exhibitors from all sectors of the veterinary market.

The AAEP will announce dates for December’s convention and trade show, as well as the schedule of sessions and events, in September. The educational program will offer live and on-demand sessions, ensuring practitioners can conveniently earn continuing education hours based on their personal schedules.

“The AAEP Convention is not only an educational experience but an important gathering for our close-knit community of horse doctors,” said AAEP President David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVS-MR.  “While we may not be together in the same city this year, the virtual convention promises to offer the connection that so many of us are seeking after the disruption of 2020.”

Registration for the AAEP Virtual Annual Convention & Trade Show will open in September and offer a different pricing structure than the in-person event. Those who have already registered for Las Vegas will be contacted by AAEP staff.

Visit aaep.org/meetings for convention updates. Please contact the AAEP office at 859/233-0147 or aaepoffice@aaep.org with questions about the event.