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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 18-21, 2018
FAEP 14th Promoting Excellence Symposium

The President's Line

Corey Miller, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT
2015 FAEP President

MillerThe first half of 2015 has been very productive for the FAEP. In Tallahassee, our legislative efforts during the Florida Legislative Session paid off for our veterinary community as priority legislation introduced in the legislature on our behalf was passed and signed into law by Governor Scott on June 20, 2015. The law, “Practice of Pharmacy (HB1049),” became effective on July 1, 2015. By its passage, Florida veterinarians are allowed to administer compounded medications and dispense the same to their patients, owners and caretakers. This bill trumps a Board of Pharmacy rule that was enacted June 2014, which had inadvertently restricted veterinarians from dispensing compounded drugs. The passage of HB 1049 was a significant legislative victory for our membership and the veterinary medical profession in Florida. This legislative effort was not without cost and was partially funded with your membership dues.

At mid-year, we are making final preparations to host the 11th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium (PES), which is scheduled for October 15 through 18, 2015 in Naples, FL. I hope you are planning to join us for an exceptional program themed, “Insights into Optimizing Equine Athletic Performance.” I encourage you to register early and take advantage of our early bird registration discount, as well as secure your place in the Biomechanics and Ultrasound Wet Lab, which will be instructed by foremost equine musculoskeletal system anatomist, Professor Jean-Marie Denoix. PES this year provides 48 hours of CE and also includes a rehabilitation track which is open to veterinarians and rehabilitation professionals, as well as sessions in dispensing legend drugs and laws and rules for Florida licensed veterinarians, as required for Florida license renewal next year. You may wish to participate in PES special activities such as the fishing and golf tournaments, and the FAEP Charitable Gala. All these activities have limited availability, and it is important that you register early to participate.

Our 2015 calendar also includes an event on August 22nd that we always enjoy. Student Appreciation Day is held semi-annually in Ocala. This is a collaboration of FAEP members and three private veterinary practices to provide hands-on experience for UF veterinary students who have an equine interest. We take pride in being able to offer this kind of support to our students.

We are also well underway with planning next year’s CE offerings. You will soon begin to hear from us about the Ocala Equine Conference in January 2016, our Equine Foot Symposium scheduled for June 2016, and PES 2016. Next year is also a license renewal year, and Florida licensed veterinarians need to secure their required CE by May 31, 2016.

As always, please feel free to contact anyone on the FVMA staff or FAEP Council with your questions or suggestions. We are proud to serve in a leadership capacity in YOUR association. Have a GREAT summer!