The American Association of Equine Practitioners announced today that the 2020 AAEP Annual Convention and Trade Show, originally scheduled for December 5–9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will take place instead as a virtual event. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential safety risks to AAEP members, staff, exhibitors and others attending necessitated the move.
The newly envisioned AAEP Virtual Annual Convention and Trade Show will include many of the popular elements that have brought equine veterinarians together annually for nearly seven decades: peer-reviewed education, camaraderie with colleagues, and connection to Trade Show exhibitors from all sectors of the veterinary market.
The exact dates for December’s Virtual Convention and Trade Show and the schedule of sessions and events will be announced in September. The educational program will offer a blend of live and on-demand sessions, ensuring practitioners can conveniently earn CE hours based on their personal schedules.
“The AAEP Convention is not only an educational experience but an important gathering for our close-knit community of Horse Doctors,” said AAEP President Dr. David Frisbie. “While we may not be together in the same city this year, the Virtual Convention promises to offer the connection that so many of us are seeking after the disruption of 2020.”
Registration for the Virtual Annual Convention and Trade Show will open in September and offer a different pricing structure than the in-person event. Those who have already registered for Las Vegas will be contacted by AAEP staff.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.