Dr. Emma Read, associate dean for professional programs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named 2020 vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). She will be installed during the December 10 President’s Luncheon at the 65th Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2022.
Read joined Ohio State in 2018 after 11 years on the veterinary faculty at the University of Calgary, which included stints as chair of the Clinical Skills Program, associate dean academic and interim dean. She previously taught at the Ontario Veterinary College and worked for a private specialty referral practice in Alberta.
While in Calgary, Read worked with national and international equine athletes and riders as part of the treatment team at Spruce Meadows showjumping facility. She also helped develop and validate several simulator models that were later commercialized by Veterinary Simulator Industries.
“I am deeply honored to be selected for this role with AAEP, an organization that has provided me with so much since my early days in veterinary school,” said Read. “In my leadership role, I’ll strive to engage all our members in discussions about the future of equine practice to enhance the prospect of a long-term career in equine medicine for new and recent graduates.”
Read earned her veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and became board certified in veterinary surgery in 2004. She currently serves on the AAEP’s Member Engagement Committee and Experiential Learning Task Force. She previously served on the board of directors from 2011-2013, as chair of the Student Programs Task Force, and as a member of the Educational Programs, Membership Development, Nominating and Student Relations Committees.
In addition, Read serves on the Competency Based Veterinary Education working group and the Council for International Veterinary Medical Education for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
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.