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Kentucky response to the equine vet shortage

Kentucky response to the equine vet shortage

By Blake Jackson

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is tackling the growing shortage of equine vets head-on. Their Transforming Equine Practice Initiative aims to address this critical issue, and Kentucky horse enthusiasts will have a chance to learn more on May 21st.

Dr. Katie Garrett, AAEP president, will speak at the Equine Education Center at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington. This free event, open to Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) members, equine enthusiasts, and anyone concerned about the future of equine veterinary care, will be held from 6-8 pm.

Dr. Garrett will delve into the factors contributing to the veterinarian shortage, including compensation, emergency coverage, work culture, and student experiences. The focus will then shift towards solutions – strategies to retain existing equine vets and attract new ones to the field.

"The lack of equine vets is a growing concern, not just in Kentucky, but nationwide," says Dr. Larkspur Carroll, KAEP president. "Even in the heart of horse country, we're feeling the impact. We need to address this before it leads to overworked vets and ultimately, compromised horse health."

Dr. Carroll emphasizes the importance of attending the meeting: "This event offers valuable insights into national efforts to combat the shortage. We encourage everyone who cares about horses to join us and learn how we can all be part of the solution."

The event includes dinner, and attendees are welcome to ask questions after the presentation. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for KAEP members. Space may be limited, so visit [] for details and reservations.

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