February 15, 2017

The American Association of Equine Practitioners addressed the topic of ethics head-on at its annual convention this past December with an interactive ethics panel. The meeting’s keynote speaker, who also talked about ethics, had this message: People cheat when they have a chance, but when issues of honesty and rationalization are openly discussed, people dramatically reduce or stop cheating. The lesson, then, is to remove opportunities to cheat and expand ethics training beyond mandatory requirements.

Practice

Preliminary numbers from a survey of American Association of Equine Practitioners members—conducted by the AVMA Veterinary Economics Division—show half of associates expressed interest in buying a practice, and 55 percent of owners want to sell part or all of their practice before retirement. AAEP members will have to wait until the end of this year to see the final report, but AAEP leadership presented early data during the association’s 62nd Annual Convention, Dec. 3-7, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Also during the meeting, a panel of experts devoted an entire afternoon to the equine veterinarian’s role in potential cases of animal abuse and working with rescue organizations to establish best practices for early problem-solving.

Community

A gift of $5 million will establish the Dr. Harry Werner Professorship in Equine Medicine at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.