The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named Jeffrey T. Berk, VMD, associate veterinarian with Equine Medical Associates PSC in Lexington, Ky., as its 2017 vice president.
He was installed during the Dec. 6 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 62nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2019.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Berk began his career as a racetrack practitioner and was a partner at Ocala Equine Hospital in Florida prior to joining Equine Medical Associates in 2010. His primary focus is international Thoroughbred sales work.
Throughout his career, Dr. Berk has devoted considerable time and expertise toward advancement of the association, profession and well-being of the horse. He is the current chairman of the AAEP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAEP dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse. In addition, Dr. Berk served as AAEP treasurer from 2009-2011; on the board of directors from 2004-2006; as chair of the Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee; and as a member of the Biologics and Therapeutic Agents, Convention Planning, Finance, Public Policy and Purchase Exam committees.
He also has volunteered on various AAEP task forces, presented at both the AAEP’s Annual Convention and Resort Symposium continuing education meetings and served on the board of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, 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.