Veterinary legend Dr. Marvin Beeman will share the lessons he’s learned about practice and life during his nearly 60 years as a horse doctor when he delivers the keynote address at the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 60th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Beeman’s presentation, “Do the Little Things Well and the Big Things Will Happen,” will resonate with his colleagues of all ages by offering sage insights into a successful and fulfilling career.
Born on the Highlands Ranch in Colorado, Beeman had an involvement with hunters as a child that stoked his interest in veterinary medicine. He earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1957 and became a founding partner of Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, Colorado. He served as president of the practice from 1968 to 1997 and currently holds the title DVM Emeritus. His areas of emphasis include lameness and musculoskeletal issues.
Throughout his career Beeman has contributed to the betterment of the equine industry and welfare of the horse through the education of equestrians both nationally and internationally; and through volunteer service with equine organizations and federal, state and local veterinary societies, including a term as AAEP president in 1975.
Beeman’s unmistakable footprint on the equine industry is no more evident than in the number and diversity of accolades bestowed on him. He is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame, International Stockman’s Hall of Fame, American Farriers Journal’s International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame and Colorado Agricultural Hall of Fame. Just a few of his many awards include the AAEP’s Sage Kester Beyond the Call Award, the American Horse Council’s Distinguished Service Award, National Western Stock Show’s Citizen of the West award, National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Meritorious Service Award and University of Louisville’s John W. Galbreath Award.
He remains active in the saddle to this day, including as the longtime Joint Master and Huntsman of the Arapahoe Hunt Club and, from 2008-2011, as president of the Master of Foxhounds Association of America.
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, AAEP reaches more than five 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.