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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 student offerings. students

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 December 6; 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 7 requires an additional registration fee.


Student Events

Extended Student Program
Saturday, December 7
8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Extended Program
Additional ticket required: $125
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. 

The Extended Student Program will consist of four dry labs and all participants will rotate through each of the four labs. The topics of the labs are:

  • Ophthalmology

  • Radiology

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Contract Negotiation


Career Opportunities Panel
Sunday, December 8
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Seasoned equine veterinarians will dispense guidance about finding career opportunities that align with your personal goals. Topics such as overcoming burnout and maintaining drive in the years following graduation will be discussed.


Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night
Sunday, December 8
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.


Student Faculty Advisor's Breakfast
Monday, Dec. 9, 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.