Long-time equine veterinarian Nathaniel White has received the Distinguished Life Member Award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), recognising his 43 years of membership of the group.
The Distinguished Life Member Award honors an AAEP member who has made outstanding contributions to the association throughout their career.
Dr Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, MS, DACVS, professor emeritus of equine surgery at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and president of the AAEP in 2010, was honored late last year for his leadership and substantial volunteerism within the association during the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Currently, White is chair of the AAEP’s National Equine Health Plan Task Force, which is establishing an Equine Disease Communication Center to serve as a national hub for equine disease reporting and communication. Additionally, since 2010, he has served on the management board and as co-US editor of Equine Veterinary Education.
A 1971 graduate of Cornell University, White was instrumental in the establishment and served as longtime chair of the AAEP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAEP that has distributed more than $3.3 million since 1994 to improve the welfare of the horse. He served two terms on the AAEP board of directors, volunteered with the AAEP On Call program from 1994-2000, delivered the 2006 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on the subject of colic and received the AAEP’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
Since joining the AAEP in 1973, White has also volunteered his time and expertise through service on numerous committees and councils, including Abstract Review, Convention Planning, Educational Programs, Finance, Nominating, President’s Advisory, Public Policy, Research, Student Relations, and Trail and Events.
Other annual awards presented by the AAEP were:
- Distinguished Educator – Academic Award: Virginia Reef, DVM, DACVIM, DACVSMR, DECVDI
- Distinguished Educator – Mentor Award: John W. Lee, Jr., DVM
- Distinguished Service Award: Mr. Brad Mitchell
- President’s Award: Kenton Morgan, DVM