Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, DVM, MS, DACVIM, associate clinical professor, equine field service, at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Ala., has been selected as the August honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) My Vet Rocks Contest, which celebrates the important relationship between veterinarian, owner and horse.
Dr. Sanchez-Londoño was among dozens of AAEP-member veterinarians nominated by horse owners for the award during August. Also recognized for their exemplary care were runners-up Dr. Lynn Gomes-Berkelaar, owner of Performance Equine Veterinary Services in Holly Springs, N.C., and Dr. Anne Christopherson, owner of Western Skies Veterinary Services in Morriston, Fla.
As co-supervisor of the equine field service, Dr. Sanchez-Londoño works with veterinary students to provide on-the-farm primary and emergency care within a 35-mile radius of the university’s J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital. He received his veterinary degree from Universidad de La Salle in Bogata, Colombia, and joined Auburn in April 2019 after 14 years in a similar capacity at Tufts University in Connecticut.
Nominators praised Dr. Sanchez-Londoño’s clinical proficiency, communication skills and deep-seated commitment to owner and student education. According to nominator Donna Tommelleo, “His approach to horses, horse owners and all things equine is rooted in constant learning, teaching and compassion. … He is ever the teacher and, just as important, ever the student, always in tune with the latest research and best practice. As a horse owner, you know Alfredo’s approach is at the forefront of what’s new, what’s next and what’s best.”
Holly Whitney added, “To say that he always makes himself available to his clients is an understatement. Even if he was not on call, he would still call to speak with me and the veterinarian on duty. Then he would have me send him pictures or videos. … He also created a program in which area farms hosted veterinary students for a weekend to introduce them to species with which they have had little to no previous exposure hoping to someday inspire the next great equine veterinarian.”
“I’m very honored that my clients thought that I provided good service to them and that they decided to nominate me,” said Dr. Sanchez-Londoño. “Although I left Connecticut about 18 months ago, my clients from up there still call and keep me updated on their horses. I enjoy staying in touch with them and appreciate their recognition for this award.”
Dr. Sanchez-Londoño received a prize package from the AAEP and contest sponsor American Regent Animal Health, manufacturer of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). In addition, he is now eligible to win the contest’s grand prize, which will be announced later this year in conjunction with the AAEP’s Virtual Convention & Trade Show. The grand-prize winner will be selected from the winning entries from each month of the contest, which ran from June through August.
For more information about the contest, contact Sally Baker, AAEP director of marketing and public relations, at (859) 233-0147 or email@example.com. Please note that a picture of Dr. Sanchez-Londoño is 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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