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Before transitioning from veterinary school to veterinary practice, absorb the wisdom of successful AAEP members by participating in the convention's robust slate of studentsstudent offerings.

Whether or not this will be your first convention, you’ll find many opportunities for professional growth by acquiring knowledge and skills in core areas and establishing meaningful connections with fellow students and potential employers.

The registration fee for current National AAEP Student Members is $50 when registering by Oct. 31; the rate increases to $80 after this date, and includes all sessions at the Annual Convention plus the Trade Show and non-ticketed events. The Extended Student Program on December 1 requires an additional registration fee.


Saturday, December 1


Extended Student Program

Welcome Reception


Sunday, December 2 

Student Sessions

Convention Educational Sessions Begin

Trade Show Opens 

 Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night

Tuesday, December 4


Convention Educational Sessions - Continued 

 The After Party - Free Closing Night Event

Wednesday, December 5

Convention Educational Sessions End



Extended Student Program


Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, the market leader in equine health.

Saturday, December 1
8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

*Additional registration fee required. Limited to 100 students.

  • Ultrasound Lab

  • Podiatry Lab

  • Reproduction Lab

  • Suturing Skills Lab

In addition to the interactive labs, enjoy lunch with your fellow students and learn about key equine law principles for new graduates from the featured speaker.


Student Sessions

Sunday, December 2Hoof Test
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

*Included with convention registration.

During Student Sessions, watch the three finalists in the student poster competition present their posters; glean practitioners' insights during a panel discussion, "How to Deal With Difficult Clients"; acquire advice on work-life balance during professional development sessions; and unwind during the Hoof Test Challenge, in which teams of students pit their knowledge of equine medicine and pop culture against each other in a fun and entertaining game show-style contest. 


Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night
Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night

Sunday, December 2
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health. The Science of Healthier Animals.

Jump-start your career at this must-attend event! Meet with representatives from dozens of the top equine practices in North America to discuss internship and externship opportunities, work philosophies and more.

The AAEP Avenues Internship/Externship Program is an online database of reputable veterinary practices that offer equine externship and/or internship opportunities. In addition to the online database, the AAEP offers Avenues Career Night events in conjunction with select educational meetings. The purpose of these resources is to connect students and AAEP Avenues Partner Practices for potential externship and internship opportunities. Funds from the Avenues program are used for new educational and career opportunities for current veterinary students, such as travel stipends, academic scholarships and a greater array of student programming.