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Acquire the essential skills, knowledge and connections that will give you a leg up on your career ambitions by attending the world’s largest and most consequential meeting dedicated solely to equine practice.

Train in the techniques you’ll use in the everyday care of client horses, network with fellow students and future employers, and expand your overall understanding of horse health while soaking up the sun and fun where high tides meet good vibes!



Thursday, Nov. 30 

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.

AAEP Student Chapter Presidents’ Luncheon
Noon-1:00 p.m. 

Student chapter presidents are invited to meet their colleagues and AAEP staff to discuss student perspectives on AAEP programming and the equine profession.

Friday, Dec. 1

Del Mar ‘Behind the Track’ Tour DMTC
Sponsored by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
The tour is available at no additional cost. Round-trip transportation provided.

Go behind the scenes at one of America’s premier Thoroughbred race meets. You’ll tour the barn area, watch workouts and pre-race vet exams, visit the test barn and paddock, have lunch with several racetrack practitioners, and enjoy the first four races on the day’s card.


Internship/Externship Career Night
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

Over 70% of new equine graduates elect to do an internship to further hone their clinical skills and client interactions. Jump-start your career with the perspectives and connections offered during this must-attend event.

       4:00-5:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion 

       5:00-7:00 p.m.     Meet the Practices

Mingle with representatives from more than 70 of the top equine practices in North America to identify opportunities that may be a good fit for you and your career aspirations.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Extended Student Program
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Separate registration required at an additional cost of $125. Limited to 100 students.

Refine your skills in core areas of equine medicine and acquire valuable observations from successful practitioners from all walks of practice.

Hands-on Labs
8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Included with Extended Student Program registration.

Under expert guidance, you will rotate through three of the four 2-hour labs listed below. Each lab session will be limited to 25 to ensure optimal training and skills development.

Equine Emergencies: What're YOU Gonna Do?
Lead Instructors: Bailey Harmon and Rachel Levine

How to Be Rad at Radiology
Lead Instructors: Ashleigh Olds-Sanchez and Maureen Kelleher

All Eyes on YOU
Lead Instructors: Stephanie Bell

You Have a Contract - What Now?
Lead Instructors: Ernie Martinez and Amy Grice


Lunch and Learn: Keeping the Records Straight
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Included with Extended Student Program registration.

Enjoy lunch with your fellow students while acquiring indispensable insights that not only will improve your efficiency in practice but, more importantly, protect your veterinary license when Dr. Cynthia MacKenzie from AVMA Trust presents on the topic of recordkeeping. 


Student Program Panel 
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Included with Extended Student Program registration.

Here’s your chance to ask any lingering questions as the lab instructors share key takeaways from the day’s sessions.