Equine practitioners, supporters lauded for their efforts

Published on January 03, 2018
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Dr. Grice
Dr. Amy Grice
Dr. Brown
Dr. Stuart Brown
Dr. Collins
Dr. Nancy Collins
Dr. Dixon
Dr. Padraic Dixon
Ms. Slaymaker
Amber Slaymaker
Dr. Timoney
Dr. Peter Timoney
Dr. Werner
Dr. Harry Werner
Dr. Bauck
Dr. Anje Bauck
Dr. Sears
Dr. Kelly Sears





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.

Dr. Grice, who resigned in 2015 as managing partner of Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, New York, to open a veterinary consulting practice in Virginia City, Montana, has played a central role in the development of the AAEP-AVMA Economic Survey.

She established Amy Grice LLC to help veterinarians navigate challenging practice environments to lead more successful and satisfying lives. Dr. Grice is a member of the AAEP board of directors and previously served on the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council and on the Educational Programs, Leadership Development, Nominating, and Owner Education committees.

Dr. Brown, a partner in Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, was recognized for his service as AAEP delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and his legislative advocacy for racehorses.

"Not only is he an active practitioner who has represented us in the halls of the AVMA, he has served on the Kentucky Racing Commission—and most importantly for AAEPhe has been a great liaison with those in Congressman Barr's office, officials of The Jockey Club and various race tracks, and has been a good facilitator of discussions that serve the horse and our members," said Dr. R. Reynolds Cowles Jr., outgoing AAEP president, in an association press release.

Since graduation, Dr. Brown has worked at Hagyard, where he specializes in reproduction along with his work in public auction sales evaluations and general practice within the Thoroughbred industry. He is a member of the AAEP Racing Committee and previously served on the board of directors and Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council.

Dr. Nancy Collins (California-Davis '76) who, while engaged in private practice in Southern California, became a distinguished regulatory authority and advocate for the state's consumers and their animals, received the AAEP's Sage Kester Beyond the Call Award for her commitment to improving equine welfare and the lives of others through service above self.

Dr. Collins established Collins Equine Veterinary Services in 1978. She was appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board in 1990 and served until 2003, including four years as president. During this time, she became active in the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and served as AAVSB president from 1994-95. The AAVSB appointed Dr. Collins to the National Board Examination Committee in 1995, and she served three three-year terms. She chaired the NBEC from 2000-01.

Dr. Collins has also been a volunteer leader within the AAEP. She served on the board of directors from 1998-2000 and has been a member of the Ethics, Practice Management, and Prepurchase Examination committees.

Internationally recognized equine respiratory tract and dental disorder expert Dr. Padraic Dixon presented the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

Dr. Dixon's lecture, titled "The Evolution of Horses and The Evolution of Equine Dentistry," focused on the horse's 55 million–year evolution, particularly in relation to dental development and the dental aspects of equine domestication. Additionally, he educated practitioners about the diagnosis and management of common dental disorders through clinically relevant anatomic, pathological, imaging, and treatment studies.

A graduate of University College Dublin, he later obtained his doctorate in equine respiratory tract disorders at The University of Edinburgh. Dr. Dixon has spent most of his professional life at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, where he is a professor of equine surgery.

Dr. Dixon's main clinical and research interests are equine dental disorders and upper respiratory tract surgery. He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specialist in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and a European specialist in Equine Veterinary Dentistry.

Amber Slaymaker, welfare manager for Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, accepted the Lavin Cup, which recognizes outstanding equine welfare initiatives, on behalf of the farm's continuing mission of providing a new life for rescued and retired horses.

Located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the oldest nonprofit horse sanctuary in the U.S. and provides a haven for horses of all breeds. The residents of the 300-acre farm are primarily retired horses-ages 20 or older-many with chronic health issues. On a horse's arrival, all veterinary care, farrier care, dental care, food, bedding, and shelter is provided for the rest of its life.

Ryerss' legacy began in 1888 in Philadelphia, established by Anne Waln-Ryerss, who was a passionate advocate for the city's abused and neglected horses. Ryerss' early residents were old hunters, ponies, workhorses, and retired horses that used to pull Philadelphia's fire engines.

Dr. Peter Timoney (Dublin '64), professor at the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, received the Distinguished Educator (Academic) Award for his influential contributions to the body of knowledge on equine infectious diseases.

Throughout his career, Dr. Timoney has provided insight, guidance, and authorship to numerous infectious disease control documents and guidelines benefiting veterinarians and horse owners around the world. He has advised and provided technical expertise to thousands of equine practitioners through individual communication and presentations at international veterinary gatherings.

Dr. Timoney received his master's from the University of Illinois in 1966 and doctorate from the University of Dublin in 1974, and he became a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1978. In 1979, he returned to the United States and spent three years at the Cornell University diagnostic laboratory as a senior virologist.

He has been on faculty at the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science for 34 years. Dr. Timoney served as chair of the department from 1990-99 and in 2002, and as director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center from 1990-2008.

The AAEP presented Dr. Harry Werner (Pennsylvania '74), founding owner of Werner Equine in North Granby, Connecticut, with the Distinguished Life Member Award for his leadership and service to the association during his 37 years of membership.

Dr. Werner's extensive service to the AAEP was punctuated by his term as president in 2009. He has chaired the Convention Planning, Equine Welfare, Finance, Nominating, and Prepurchase Examination committees and served on other committees and councils, currently on the Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council.

A staunch advocate for equine welfare, Dr. Werner has served as the AAEP's representative to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee since 2012 and is the AVMA's liaison to the Unwanted Horse Coalition. He worked with 2009 British Equine Veterinary Association President Dr. Chris House to help initiate the International Forum for Working Equids.

In 2016, a $5 million gift to Penn Vet established an endowed chair in his name at the New Bolton Center, honoring his dedication to equine welfare and global achievements for the cause (see JAVMA, Feb. 15, 2017).

Washington State University doctoral candidate Dr. Kelly Sears (Florida '10) received the Equus Foundation Research Fellowship for her research into equine piroplasmosis, which resulted in the discovery of a new Theileria organism along the Texas-Mexico border.

Dr. Sears was initially involved in massive surveillance testing and treatment after the largest equine piroplasmosis outbreak in Texas. As a consequence of screening infected animals, the new Theileria species closely related to T equi was discovered. Her research group was instrumental in evaluating the new organism to define its pathogenesis in horses.

After five years of investigation, Dr. Sears is planning further research to determine the prevalence of the species, evaluate the consequences of long-term infection, and find an effective therapeutic agent capable of eliminating the parasite safely from horses.

Dr. Sears earned her master's from Washington State University in 2014. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (large animal).

University of Florida doctoral candidate Dr. Anje Bauck (Guelph '11) was honored as the AAEP Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow for her research into gastrointestinal physiology and equine colic surgery.

Colic and related gastrointestinal diseases are regarded as major health concerns and a leading cause of death in horses. A critical impediment to treating these diseases is a lack of knowledge about the function of organs involved, specifically the right dorsal colon. Dr. Bauck's current research investigates the mechanisms of bicarbonate secretion in the equine right dorsal colon.

Dr. Bauck completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Florida in 2016.