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Prime Time Session Schedule - Core Concepts

(Sessions that have been denoted as Core Concepts for new graduates)

To view the complete schedule of sessions, click here.

*All topics, speakers and times subject to change. All times listed are ET. If you are not able to make it to the live timeslot, the sessions will be made available on demand to view at your convenience.*

Saturday, December 5

6:00 p.m.

Lower Limb Dissection - Mitch Taylor


Sunday, December 6

7:00 p.m.

Opening Session

Celebrate your colleagues and noteworthy events in equine practice during our kick off to Convention Prime Time.

7:30 p.m.

Kester News Hour
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health. The Science of Healthier Animals.

Anchors: Regina M. Turner and Katherine S. Garrett
Forecaster: Amy L. Johnson
Sportscaster: Sherry Johnson
Field Reporter: Eric Mueller

The Kester News Hour highlights the latest scientific papers in specific areas of equine medicine.


Tuesday, December 8

7:30 p.m.

Pre-Purchase Examinations: Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Zoetis, "For Animals. For Health. For You."

Panel Moderator: Kenton Morgan
Panelists: Avery Chapman, Ted Vlahos, Nina Mouledous, Phoebe Smith, Ernie Martinez


Wednesday, December 9

6:00 p.m.

Closing Session

We salute the contributions of leadership and volunteer service to the AAEP, including annual award winners and outgoing and incoming board members.

6:45 p.m.

Part 1 - Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture: Moving Equine Anesthesia from an Art Toward a Science - John A. E. Hubbell
Sponsored by Platinum Performance, “Good Nutrition is Good Medicine.”

Since dawn of the modern era of equine anesthesia and analgesia in the 1960s, significant advances have been driven by the development of complex surgical procedures and advanced imaging modalities that required extended periods of general anesthesia. Despite the many advances, however, anesthesia of the horse remains more perilous than anesthesia of the other domestic species.

During his lecture, acclaimed veterinary anesthesiologist Dr. John Hubbell will trace the development of modern anesthetic methods, identify current best practices and areas of needed improvement, and postulate pathways for enhancing the safety of equine anesthesia in the future. 

Dr. Hubbell is the chief of anesthesiology at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and holds the title professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia since 1982. 

After receiving his veterinary degree from Ohio State in 1977, Dr. Hubbell served an equine surgery internship at the University of California, Davis before returning to Ohio State as a resident in veterinary anesthesiology. He served on faculty at Ohio State from 1982 until 2015, when he joined Rood and Riddle.

Dr. Hubbell is author of numerous articles on veterinary anesthesia and co-author of two textbooks: Handbook of Veterinary Anesthesia and Equine Anesthesia Monitoring and Emergency Therapy. He speaks frequently on the topic at the AAEP Annual Convention and at other conferences and meetings. 

7:15 p.m. 

Break/Scholarship Winners Presentation

7:30 p.m.

Part 2 - Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture: Moving Equine Anesthesia from an Art Toward a Science - John A. E. Hubbell

8:15 p.m.

Q&A with Dr. Hubbell


Live Table Topic Schedule

(Sessions that have been denoted as Core Concepts for new graduates)


Tuesday, December 8

12:00 p.m.

Management of the Neonate in the Field - Jen Gold and Phoebe Smith

Friday, December 11

8:00 p.m.

Debt Management (Student) - Joe Pluhar and Tony Bartels

Tuesday, December 15

8:00 p.m.

What to Expect as a New Associate: Skillsets for Day 1 - Liz Arbittier