Dr. Emma Read, associate dean for professional programs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners during the December 7 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 67th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Read joined Ohio State in 2018 after 11 years on the veterinary faculty at the University of Calgary, which included stints as chair of the Clinical Skills Program, associate dean academic, and interim dean. She previously taught at the Ontario Veterinary College and worked for a private specialty referral practice in Alberta.
While in Calgary, Dr. Read worked with national and international equine athletes and riders as part of the treatment team at Spruce Meadows showjumping facility. She also helped develop and validate several simulator models that were later commercialized by Veterinary Simulator Industries.
“AAEP has been like an old close friend from the day I joined as a student to where I am now in my career,” said Dr. Read. “AAEP is my social circle and a source of connection to the wider industry. I am grateful to this organization for all it has given me, and I want to give back to others, especially those new to their career. I look at our current issues with retaining new graduates and really want to help that situation so others have the opportunity to make the most of a career in this field and feel like they belong in a welcoming inclusive profession with a bright future.”
Dr. Read earned her veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and became board certified in veterinary surgery in 2004. She currently serves on the AAEP’s Educational Programs Committee. Dr. Read previously served on the board of directors from 2011-2013, as chair of the Student Programs Task Force, and as a member of the Member Engagement, Nominating and Student Relations committees.
In addition, Dr. Read serves on the Competency Based Veterinary Education working group and the Council for International Veterinary Medical Education for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
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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