Student Programs

From knowledge to networking, the Student Program of the Virtual Convention & Trade Show connects veterinary students with leaders, mentors, and employers in the digital space. 

Be sure to check out the educational sessions that have been identified as core competencies for new graduates to make the most out of your time at the 2020 AAEP Virtual Convention & Trade Show!

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Saturday, December 5th

5:30 PM Lower Limb Dissection 

Sunday, December 6th

7:00-7:30 PM Opening Session
7:30-9:00 PM Kester News Hour

Tuesday, December 8th

7:30-9:00 PM Pre-Purchase Examinations: Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices Panel

Wednesday, December 9th

6:00-6:45 PM Closing
6:45-7:15 PM Milne Lecture Part I – John Hubbell
7:15-7:30 PM Break/Scholarship Winners
7:30-8:15 PM Milne Lecture Part II – John Hubbell
8:15-??? PM Dr. Hubbell available for Q&A

Live Table Topic Schedule (sessions that have been denoted as Core Concepts)

Friday, December 4, 8:00pm Dealing with Upset or Difficult Clients
Tuesday, December 8, 12:00pm Management of the Neonate in the Field
Friday, December 11, 8:00pm Debt Management (Student)
Tuesday, December 15, 8:00pm What to Expect as a New Associate: Skillsets for Day 1

In-Depth: It’s Not Black and White: The Relationship Between Imaging Findings and Lameness

Significance of Radiographic Findings in Racehorses

Diagnostic Imaging Findings in English Sport Horses in Relation to Performance and Lameness

How Imaging Correlates to Prognosis, Rehabilitation, and Return to Work

How Imaging Findings in Western Sport Horses Relate to Performance and Lameness

How-to Session: Feeding for Fitness

How to Feed the Overweight Performance Horse

Back to Basics: The Acute Abdomen in the Field

How to Interpret History and Physical Examination Findings of a Horse with an Acute Abdomen in the Field

How to Safely and Effectively Perform Abdominal Palpation per Rectum

How to Perform a Diagnostic FLASH

How and When to Consider Advanced Diagnostic Procedures in the Field: Point-of-Care Lab Data and Abdominocentesis

How to Manage a Horse with Colic in the Field

How and When to Refer the Horse with Colic That is Not Responding to Medical Management

How to Help Your Client with Their Horse Following Colic Surgery: Expectations, Potential Complications, and Ongoing Care


Review of Foal Heat Breeding Options

In-Depth: Neonatology

Neurologic Examination in the Foal

Quality Control: Genetic Testing in Foals

Hormones in Critically Ill Foals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Diarrhea in the Neonate: Is There Anything Really New?

Medicine: Non-Infectious Diseases

Practical Clinical Research Results to Consider When Testing for PPID in Horses

How to Manage Hoof Lameness II

How to Recognize Foot-Related Lameness – Renate Weller

Current Concepts in the Endoscopic Evaluation of the Upper Airway

Endoscopic Evaluation of Nasal Discharge

Clinical Indications for a Tie-Back Surgery

New Innovations and Timely Considerations in Equine Lameness and Surgery

Evaluation of the Local and Systemic Inflammatory Response to Anthelmintic Therapy: Is Killing Encysted Parasites Better?

In 2020, AAEP awarded three student members or veterinary graduates in their first year of equine practice with complimentary AAEP Convention registration and a cash prize of $500 for their outstanding equine focused case study presentations. Submitted presentations were reviewed by members of the Student Section of the Scientific Review and Editorial Committee and are chosen based on their quality and educational merit. This program allows students and recent graduates to share cases of interest to their peers and demonstrate initiative to potential employers. Cases might include those seen in summer jobs, or at veterinary school. While the case information presented may not be novel or original, they are intended to provide comprehensive and practical review of a specific clinical problem in an individual horse or a group of horses.

AAEP Student and New Graduate Case Study Competition Winners:

  • Vicky Johnson, The Ohio State University Class of 2020 - Colic Secondary to Intestinal Pythiosis in a Thoroughbred Racehorse
  • Megan Palmisano, University of Florida Class of 2020 - Urinary Bladder Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  • Hannah Carter, Mississippi State University Class of 2022 - Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis in a Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia Carrier
Find your next internship or externship opportunity among the almost 50 practices located across North America featured in the 2020 Avenues Showcase accessible through this link: And don’t forget to sign up for the Meet the Avenues Practice LIVE sessions during Career Week to talk with practice representatives about their programs.

On Monday, December 14th, attendees at the student panel titled Breaking the Mold: Modern Career Paths for Aspiring Equine Practitioners will get advice on entering equine veterinary medicine from a panel of veterinarians with both traditional and alternative backgrounds who will deconstruct the variety of career options available to new practitioners. All sessions will be recorded and available on demand after they premiere.

Sign up for Career Week Sessions Using the Links Below:

Monday, December 14, 6:30-7:30 PM Student Panel: Breaking the Mold - Modern Career Paths for Aspiring Equine Practitioners

Moderator: Dr. Ashley Hymer
Panelists: Dr. Scott Pierce
Dr. Elizabeth Reidy
Dr. Deborah Spike-Pierce
Dr. Ryland Edwards

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30-7:30 PM ET Meet the Avenues Practices: Eastern Time Zone

Allegheny Equine
BW Furlong & Associates
Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center
Rhinebeck Equine, LLP
Shore Equine Clinic

Wednesday, December 16, 6:30-7:30 PM ET Meet the Avenues Practices: Eastern/Central Time Zone

Fairfield Equine Associates
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Tennessee Equine Hospital

Thursday, December 17, 6:30-7:30 PM ET Meet the Avenues Practices: Mountain Time Zone

Burwash Equine Services
Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center
Idaho Equine Hospital
Littleton Equine Medical Center
Moore Equine Veterinary Centre

Friday, December 18, 6:30-7:30 PM ET Meet the Avenues Practices: Pacific Time Zone

McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital
Pioneer Equine Hospital
Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics