January 15, 2018

Achieving a satisfactory work-life balance is difficult, but not for the reasons most may think. The keynote speaker at this year’s American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting suggested that attaining balance in life isn’t simply about rearranging one’s schedule but requires an introspective look at finding a way of living a life one finds meaningful.


Volunteer leadership is critical to the success of Student AVMA chapters, and each of the 37 university chapters has at least two AVMA members volunteering as faculty advisers. These faculty members provide support and guidance to the chapter officers and, collectively, to more than 16,000 members of student chapters.


This past October, the Foundation for Biomedical Research launched its “Love Animals? Support Animal Research” campaign to educate the public about how animal research has improved the health and welfare of companion animals. The campaign debuted Oct. 16 at the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science national meeting and is co-sponsored by AALAS, the AALAS Foundation, and the AVMA.


Results from the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners-AVMA Economic Survey showed that most equine practices have only one owner and are ambulatory. About half (49 percent) of equine practices are located in communities with populations of 50,001 or more residents and have a robust number of colleagues—73.5 percent had six or more other veterinarians providing services to horses in their primary service area. Findings also revealed that 54.9 percent of former AAEP members dropped their membership within four years of graduating in 2012.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners recognized the 2017 recipients of several awards Nov. 17-20, 2017, at its 63rd Annual Convention in San Antonio. Drs. Amy Grice (Pennsylvania ’90) and Stuart Brown (Tuskegee ’91) were presented with the President’s Award.