The American Association of Equine Practitioners recognized William “Bill” Moyer, DVM, an AAEP past president and pillar in the equine community, as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
The AAEP Distinguished Service Award honors exemplary service to the AAEP or a similar organization to the benefit of the horse, horse industry or profession of equine veterinary medicine. Dr. Moyer was honored Dec. 6 during the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 62nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Moyer is an internationally renowned educator with a prominent presence in the AAEP. He is a leading voice for the association’s educational programs, and was instrumental in recruiting up-and-coming academic leaders to become more involved with the AAEP. He served as the association’s director-at-large from 2001-2004 and president in 2011.
Additionally, Dr. Moyer’s advancements in lameness and the treatment of foot disorders cemented his position as one of the foremost authorities on equine lameness issues. His research appears in numerous refereed journals, and he remains active in educating the equine community at continuing education meetings worldwide.
Dr. Moyer retired from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, although he continues to serve as a professor emeritus. During his 22 years with the university, he served as the head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences; associate director of the Center for Equine Business Studies; director of the Link Equine Research Endowment; and on the Veterinary Emergency Team, a program that implements emergency response and disaster management for both human and animal populations.
Dr. Moyer is a 1970 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and he completed his surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in 1973. In 1993, he joined Texas A&M University after spending 13 years on faculty with New Bolton Center.
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.