Longtime Texas A&M University professor G. Kent Carter, DVM, DACVIM, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the December 9 President’s Luncheon at the association’s 60th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A native of Levan, Utah, Carter entered private practice in Reno, Nevada, after graduating from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He completed a residency in large animal medicine at Texas A&M University in 1982. While working on faculty at Purdue University for two years, he became board certified in internal medicine. In 1984, Carter joined the faculty of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he later served as section chief of internal medicine.
For the past 20 years, Carter has collaborated with farriers to resolve equine hoof disorders and lameness. He founded an instructional rotation for students at Texas A&M dedicated to foot care and its ties to lameness. He is a member of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.
An AAEP member since 1980, Carter has served on the Abstract Review, Farrier Liaison, Infectious Disease, Leadership Development, Nominating and Student Relations committees as well as a term on the board of directors from 2006-07.
Outside of practice, Carter enjoys working on his small farm, hunting and making knives.
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.