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The FAEP’s mission is to support the professional development of its members and to educate its members on conditions affecting the equine industry as well as methods for improving the welfare of horses in the state of Florida.


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upcoming events

October 19-22, 2017
FAEP 13th Promoting Excellence Symposium

January 19-21, 2018
FAEP 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference

The President's Line

Suzan C. Oakley, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Equine), Certified Member, ISELP
2014 FAEP President

Oakley2014 has been a whirlwind year for the FAEP. We had great attendance at the Foot Symposium in June. Farriers and veterinarians enthusiastically attended lectures and a dissection lab together and were able to share ideas and collaborate on cases. In August we held a Student Appreciation Day with “hands on” wet labs to train the next generation of equine practitioners. Our 10th Anniversary Promoting Excellence Symposium in Hilton Head, SC, was a huge success. Our more intimate meeting venue allowed our attendees to spend one-on-one time with our internationally-acclaimed speakers. Behind the legislative scenes, the FVMA staff worked tirelessly assisting the AVMA Government Relations Division to help pass the Veterinary Medical Mobility Act (H.R. 1528). We truly appreciate your past and future support in our quest to provide world-class continuing education for the professional development of our members, educate our members on conditions affecting the equine industry and improve the welfare of horses.

As we look forward to 2015, we hope to see you at the Ocala Equine Conference January 23rd -26th in Ocala, Florida. We are excited to offer a comprehensive ultrasound wet lab on Friday, January 23rd, featuring musculoskeletal, abdominal and thoracic imaging. Wet lab instructors will include Drs. Steeve Giguere presenting abdominal and thoracic ultrasound and Drs. Rich Redding and Natasha Werpy on musculoskeletal ultrasound topics. Featured lecturers for the conference include Drs. Steeve Giguere, Eric Mueller, Rich Redding and Karen Wolfsdorf discussing Foal Respiratory Disease, GI issues, Lameness, Imaging, and Reproduction. You won’t want to miss our Saturday night Keynote speaker! Dr. Sue McDonnell, noted equine behaviorist, will present “ My Equine Behavior Bucket List ” discussing the many facets of equine behavior. On Sunday, Dr. Ted Stashak will present an outstanding 4-hour case-based seminar on wound management that will deliver practical, “take home and use tomorrow” information. See the program details in the center of this issue.

Mark your calendars! The 2015 Promoting Excellence Symposium will be held in beautiful Naples, Florida, October 15-18th 2015. Our world-renowned lineup of speakers will include Drs. Jean Marie Denoix, Nicholas Franck, Carol Gillis, Laurie Goodrich, Eric Parente, Kurt Selberg, Nathan Slovis and Stephanie Valberg. Drs. Laurie Goodrich and Nathan Slovis will be presenting the ever-popular FAEP News Hour.

We welcome and encourage your input. We currently have openings on committees and always welcome contributions to The Practitioner. We need the input of our members to keep the FAEP fresh and relevant!

2014 has flown by and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as FAEP president. I would like to thank my fellow council members for their support and all of their efforts toward creating educational programs of excellence. It is truly a privilege to work with a group of such passionate, dedicated and forward thinking individuals. On behalf of the FAEP Council, I would like to express our appreciation for the support of Phil Hinkle, the executive director of the FVMA, his staff and our educational partners. It would not be possible to put on meetings of this caliber without the support of a “village.”

I hope to see you at one or all of our meetings in 2015!