Minnesota Performance Practitioner Joins AAEP Board of Directors

Tracy Turner, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, owner of Turner Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Stillwater, Minn., has joined the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).


Dr. Turner was installed during the Dec. 6 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 62nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. His three-year term expires in 2019.

Dr. Turner founded his practice in 2016 following 12 years as an associate with Anoka Equine in Elk River, Minn. He concentrates exclusively on sports medicine, lameness and surgery. In addition to his practice duties, Dr. Turner is an Equitarian Workshop instructor and member of the Equitarian Honduras team, delivering medical care to working equids in the Third World; and a consultant for the Fédération Equestre Internationale, U.S. Equestrian Federation and USDA APHIS Horse Protection Program for Tennessee Walking Horse welfare. 

A 1978 graduate of Colorado State University and an AAEP member since 1986, Dr. Turner serves on the AAEP’s Educational Programs Committee and Foundation Advisory Council. He previously served as chair of the Farrier Liaison Committee and as a member of the Student Relations Committee. Dr. Turner has been a frequent presenter at AAEP continuing education meetings, and he has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. 

His longtime involvement in organized veterinary medicine and the horse industry also includes current positions as president of the Minnesota Horse Council and chair of its Horse Welfare and Legislative committees, as well as a previous term as president of the Minnesota 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.

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