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Explore the rewards of equine practice or lay the groundwork for your transition to a career as a horse doctor by absorbing the guidance of successful AAEP members during the annual convention’s robust slate of student offerings. 

From meeting with practice owners about career opportunities to gaining new equine clinical knowledge, #AAEPNashville is an important destination on your career journey.


Saturday, December 4

Extended Student Program
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.Student Lab
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Separate registration required at an additional cost of $125 by Nov. 1. Limited to 100 students.

Refine your skills in essential areas of equine medicine and benefit from the insights of successful practitioners in diverse career paths during Saturday’s Extended Student Program.

Develop practical, marketable skills with hands-on training in core practice areas. Under the guidance of experts in the field, you will rotate through four labs and train in the areas of complementary medicine, podiatry, essential clinical skills and lameness examinations. 

Each lab session is 90 minutes. Participation is capped at 120 total students, who will be divided into four groups of 25 to ensure optimal training and skills development.

Lab Options

1. Adjusting Your Focus: Using Complementary Medicine in Equine Practice - Ryland Edwards, III

Learn the correct application of chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal medicine techniques in modern-day equine veterinary medicine, with a focus on diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries. 

2. Put Your Best Hoof Forward: Preparing for Distal Limb Diseases through Podiatry - Craig Lesser

Take your podiatry skills to the next level by acquiring best practices for evaluating and managing common diseases of the hoof.

3. Hit the Ground Running: Essential Clinical Skills for Day One - Leslie Easterwood

Practice the clinical skills essential for Day One readiness, including venipuncture/placing IV catheters, making blood smears and interpreting lab work, and basic wound repair/suturing.

4. The Ups and Downs of Lameness - Sarah Sampson

Acquire techniques to help identify forelimb and hindlimb lameness through the use of clinical case lameness videos while working in groups with equine practitioners. Cases will include mild to severe lameness and include videos working through use of local anesthesia to identify the area of pain.


Sunday, December 5Dr with students

Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The perspectives and connections offered during this must-attend event can jump-start your career. 

Student Panel: Defending Ethical Values as a Young Practitioner
Maintaining strong values can be difficult as a young practitioner when a respected colleague or mentor puts you in an ethically difficult position, or when a client challenges your medical recommendation. Obtain tips and advice from a panel of veteran practitioners on navigating situations that have the potential to either strengthen or break your professional reputation. 

Meet the Avenues Practices:
Discuss internship and externship opportunities, work philosophies and more with representatives from more than 70 of the top equine practices in North America.

Monday, December 6

Student Faculty Advisors' Breakfast
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Faculty advisors from participating veterinary schools are invited to a casual breakfast and discussion of issues relevant to AAEP student programming.