Drs. Rob Franklin and Amy Grice have been appointed officers of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and will assume their respective positions when installed during the December 8 President’s Luncheon at the 66th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Dr. Franklin has been named 2021 vice president and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2023; Dr. Grice has been named treasurer and will serve a three-year term.
Dr. Franklin is a partner in Fredericksburg Equine Veterinary Services in Fredericksburg, Texas, and a strong advocate for equine-humanitarian efforts through his support of working equid welfare. A founding director of the Equitarian Initiative, Dr. Franklin has led more than 15 veterinary medical trips to Central America since 2012 to administer care to the region’s working equids and education to caretakers. He is also co-founder of animal nutritional supplement company Animal Stewards International, whose pay-it-forward model helps animals in need in underdeveloped countries.
An AAEP member since 1998, Dr. Franklin chairs the Wellness Committee and previously served on the board of directors from 2015-2017. In addition, he has volunteered as a member of the Educational Programs and Nominating committees.
Dr. Franklin received his veterinary degree in 1999 from Texas A&M University and became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2003. His avid support of organized veterinary medicine extends beyond his AAEP service: He is co-founder and past president of the Texas Equine Veterinary Association, past president of the Marion (County, Fla.) Veterinary Medical Association and a former director of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Franklin has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and he has presented at national and international veterinary conferences.
Dr. Grice is a veterinary business consultant in Virginia City, Mont., who after 25 years as an ambulatory equine practitioner with Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, N.Y., resigned as managing partner of the large referral practice in 2015 to launch her consulting practice, which helps veterinarians navigate challenging practice environments to lead more successful and satisfying lives.
Dr. Grice received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and her MBA from Marist College School of Management in 2014. She frequently speaks at educational seminars for veterinarians and contributes veterinary business articles to AAEP Media Partner EquiManagement. In addition, she facilitates regional Decade One networking groups for early-career veterinarians and serves on the AVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee.
An AAEP member since 1990, Dr. Grice currently serves on the Wellness Committee. She previously served on the board of directors from 2016-2018, the Foundation Advisory Council, and the Educational Programs, Leadership Development, Nominating and Owner Education committees. She received the 2017 AAEP President’s Award for her central role in the development of the AAEP-AVMA Economic Survey.
Please note that pictures of Drs. Franklin and Grice are available upon request.
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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