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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

Ruth-Anne Richter, BSc (Hon), DVM, MS
2016 FAEP President

Ruth_AnneIn this issue, we invite you to make sure you have the date saved and your plans made to join us for the 13th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium (PES) program being held October 19-22, 2017. Our exceptional CE opportunity in the crown jewel of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Naples, Fla., offers the equine veterinary professional a breathtaking coastal destination where an impressive collective of expert speakers and industry partners will share knowledge and provide us all with a dynamic networking event.

PES this year is offering a scientific program delivered by respected leaders in equine veterinary medicine, including Drs. Wayne McIlwraith and Sue Dyson, foremost authorities on lameness. Dr. Dyson and Dr. Lisa Fortier will conduct the FAEP news hour this year; our rehabilitation track team, Dr. Sheila Schils, Dr. Michael Butcher, Dr. Erica McKenzie and Dr. Jennifer Skeesick, will present a four-hour session; and other speakers, including Drs. Amanda House, Amy Johnson, Carter Judy and Meg Sleeper will present on diverse topics including Lyme disease, neck imaging, neurologic emergencies, compassion fatigue, equine asthma syndrome, and more. To round off an excellent curriculum, Ed Bayó, Esq., will present Dispensing Legend Drugs and Laws and Rules Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine, CE required for Florida license renewal.

We are excited to be able to offer a comprehensive agenda encompassing a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of the equine athlete. We are proud that our symposium has evolved to establish itself as a worldclass CE provider, and we look forward to seeing you in Naples.

Our issue’s center spread provides you with all the information about our program, as well as registration, rooming, and special activities we have planned for your relaxation, and pleasure.

FAEP is grateful for the backing of our educational partners which enables us to offer quality CE events, and the work of the FVMA staff which makes them happen. We also appreciate your continued support of our conferences, and are very pleased to inform you that we have almost completed the preparations for the 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference to bring you another exciting program that will include excellent laboratory sessions. Details of OEC 2018 will be presented in the next Practitioner.

We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions and encourage you to make contact with our FAEP council members or the FVMA staff.