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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

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

Ruth_AnneI am very happy to report, as we’ve just concluded the 12th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium, that the symposium was a great success and proved to be of tremendous value to all who attended. Despite the unforeseen challenge of a Zika epidemic taking hold in our host island paradise, veterinarians and vendors gathered in our exotic venue, San Juan, Puerto Rico, for five days of world-class CE and an excellent networking opportunity with fellow industry professionals from near and far.

Now, we have turned our complete attention to our yearly CE offering in the “horse capital of the world,” Ocala, Marion County, Florida. We have combined the upcoming conference in January, with the FAEP Equine Foot Symposium, to offer a dynamic continuing education program on equine clinical practice and farriery. We last held our Foot Symposium, which focuses exclusively on the equine foot, in 2014, when a decision was taken to offer this unique program biennially. Its coupling with the 54th Annual Ocala Equine Conference from January 20-22, 2017, will bring members of the equine health care team together for the highest-quality educational exchange, while at the same time, focusing on fostering the veterinarian and farrier relationship.

Save the date for the 54th Annual Ocala Equine Conference & Equine Foot Symposium. Be sure to register early to take advantage of discounted registration rates; and make accommodation reservations at the Hilton Ocala early to ensure you stay at our host hotel.

We have included the Ocala conference program with its diverse offerings in dermatology, endocrinology, equine ultrasound and dentistry, and topics about farriery practice in this issue, as our center gatefold. It offers a glimpse of the renowned veterinary-farrier team, Dr. Jessica and Dallas Morgan CJF, and veterinarian-farrier Dr. Vern Dryden, who will headline an impressive lineup of world-class speakers and wet lab instructors which include Drs. Jack Easley, Toots Banner, Scott Marx, Jeremiah Easley, Martha Mallicote, Kent Allen, Tim Lynch, Pat McCue, Josie Traub-Dargatz, Suzi White, Ruth-Anne Richter and Aric Adams.

We hope to see you in Ocala in January as we launch an exciting 2017 season, and invite you to get in touch if you have any questions about the FAEP and the services we provide, and about our conferences. We welcome your comments and suggestions, and encourage you to make contact with our council members or the FVMA/FAEP staff, toll free, at 1(800) 992-3862.