Acclaimed veterinary anesthesiologist John A.E. Hubbell, DVM, MS, DACVA, examined the challenges and clinical progress of safely anesthetizing horses when he delivered the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on December 9, 2020, during the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 66th annual Convention, which was held virtually.
The Milne Lecture, created in 1997, recognizes an individual with a distinguished career in research and discovery, and it serves as the centerpiece of educational programming at each year’s AAEP Convention. The lecture is intended to honor the accomplishments of the individual and bring a meaningful learning experience to horse doctors from around the world.
During his presentation, entitled, “Moving Equine Anesthesia from an Art Toward a Science,” Hubbell traced the development of modern anesthetic methods, identified current best practices and areas of needed improvement, and postulated pathways for enhancing the safety of equine anesthesia in the future.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Hubbell is the chief of anesthesiology at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and holds the title professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia since 1982.
After receiving his veterinary degree from The Ohio State in 1977, Hubbell served an equine surgery internship at the University of California, Davis, before returning to The Ohio State as a resident in veterinary anesthesiology. He served on faculty at The Ohio State from 1982 until 2015, when he joined Rood & Riddle.
Hubbell is the author of numerous articles on veterinary anesthesia and co-author of two textbooks: Handbook of Veterinary Anesthesia and Equine Anesthesia Monitoring and Emergency Therapy. He speaks frequently on the topic at the annual AAEP Convention and at other conferences and meetings.
The convention lecture, sponsored by Platinum Performance, is named for AAEP past president and distinguished life member Dr. Frank J. Milne.
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 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.