Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Former president Harry Werner, VMD, has been honored for his three decades of service to the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Dr. Werner, founding owner of Werner Equine in North Granby, Connecticut, received the 2017 Distinguished Life Member award Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention.
Besides serving as president in 2009, Dr. Werner volunteered for duty on the convention planning, equine welfare, finance, nominating and purchase exam committees. He currently serves on the Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council. He also is the AAEP representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee and the AVMA liaison to the Unwanted Horse Coalition.
An endowed chair, the Dr. Harry Werner Professorship in Equine Medicine at New Bolton Center, was unveiled in December 2016 at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Among other awards or honors presented at the AAEP conference were:
- President’s Award: Amy Grice, DVM, MBA, and Stuart Brown, DVM. Dr. Grice opened a veterinary consulting practice in Montana after retiring in 2015 as managing partner of Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, New York. Dr. Brown is a partner in Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Sage Kester Beyond the Call Award: Nancy Collins, DVM, founder of Collins Equine Veterinary Services in Southern California.
- Distinguished Educator — Academic Award: Peter Timoney, MVB, MS, Ph.D., FRCVS, a professor and the Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.
- Lavin Cup (AAEP equine welfare award): Amber Slaymaker, welfare manager at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
- EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow: Washington State University doctoral candidate Kelly Sears, DVM, MS, DACVIM, for her research into equine piroplasmosis, which resulted in the discovery of a new Theileria organism along the Texas-Mexico border.
- AAEP Foundation Past Presidents’ Research Fellow: University of Florida doctoral candidate Anje Bauck, DVM, for her research into gastrointestinal physiology and equine colic surgery.