our mission
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 18-21, 2018
FAEP 14th Promoting Excellence Symposium

The President's - past the quarter pole:


Anne L. Moretta, VMD, MS
2013 FAEP President

morettaAs equine practitioners we need a strong sense of community. We need to build healthy professional and personal relationships with each other for mutual support. As a group we are able to make change. We must not forget that we ‘belong’ to each other and we can empower our professional ideals to make change and create growth. As a group, throughout our veterinary careers we can educate, we can learn, we can teach the next generation, and share common professional life experiences through many venues. Our FAEP educational events afford a great environment to share ‘our community’.

Over the past several years, our association has experienced exponential growth. There has been a significant increase in attendance at our meetings and a major increase in industry support. We are grateful to our educational partners for their continued support; and without their commitment our meetings would not be possible. Our conference attendees are a diverse group of veterinarians from all over the world, and they are an integral part of our efforts to provide quality veterinary education.

I want to encourage you to come to beautiful, sunny Florida and connect with your veterinary colleagues from across the world to experience one, or both of our world-class continuing education programs this fall. Our ‘community’ venues offer smaller, cohesive, colleague-to-colleague experiences with nationally and internationally-recognized speakers.

The 9th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium in the Southeast will be held October 17 – 20, 2013 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida, a fun, family oriented destination. Our symposium will integrate "a whole horse approach" with equine sports medicine topics. There will be an in-depth Master Class on the Neck and Back with Dr. Philippe Benoit and an in-depth Ophthalmology program with Dr. Dennis Brooks. The symposium will also include Performance Horse Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Lameness, Regenerative Medicine, Imaging, Surgery, Neurology, and GI topics. Our special "Dyson and Ross News Hour" will be featured again this year along with their interactive lameness case studies.

Our innovative equine rehabilitation track will cover the kinesiology and biomechanics of injury. Our focus this year will be on the evidence-based practice of rehabilitation using human models and translating this to the equine athlete. Our notable speakers will look at how injury occurs so we as veterinarians can best prevent or treat injuries. Please view our PES meeting information in more detail in this issue of The Practitioner.

The 51st Annual Ocala Equine Conference will be held at the Ocala Hilton from November 15 – 18, 2013. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Palmer, past president of AAEP, speaking on Medication Issues in Racing. We are offering an exciting Advanced Dentistry Wet Lab featuring dental extractions and periodontal disease, and a Field Procedures "How To" Wet Lab.

I need to extend my special thanks to all of the FAEP council members whose commitment of time, energy, and ideas create successful and relevant programs for our participants. Our industry partners realize how important and timely our educational venues are. Their support is the backbone to our success.

Thanks to the support and commitment of the FAEP council and our Executive Director, Phil Hinkle and his staff, our 4th Annual Equine Foot Symposium held June 28 – 29, 2013 in Orlando, Florida was a resounding success. Mitch Taylor, CJF, led our unique “hands-on” foot and distal limb dissection lab. Our wet lab participants were able to follow Mitch Taylor’s anatomy discussion with an innovative, close-up live streaming video of his dissections. Our FAEP council and some of our notable speakers were on hand to provide one-on-one answers to our participants’ anatomical questions. Educational and entertaining!

Resolve To Be Involved In 2013.Join our FAEP Community.
There are many talented veterinarians in our community. We invite you to join us as committee members to help plan our educational meetings, and help with the scientific articles for this publication, The Practitioner. Help us work together to keep our meetings dynamic and relevant. Participation and feedback from our membership and attendees is a crucial part of what makes our programs successful.

Our entire FAEP council is looking forward to meeting you at our upcoming continuing education this fall. Please send your registrations in!

Promote Excellence in your practice by taking home new tools and the most up to date equine veterinary information from our fall meetings. We look forward to seeing you in Florida this year!