New high-level roles for equine veterinarians

Dr Emma Reid
Dr Emma Reid

Dr Emma Read is the new president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for a one-year term. The appointment was announced at the organisation’s annual convention in Tennessee in December.

A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1998, Read is the associate dean for professional programs at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2000, she began a three-year Master of Veterinary Science program with WCVM large animal surgeon Dr David Wilson. Read completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2004.

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 (University of Guelph) and completed a surgery internship at Okotoks Animal Clinic, a private specialty referral practice, in Alberta.

While in Calgary, 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 commercialised by Veterinary Simulator Industries. Read also 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.

Read said she was grateful for all that the AAEP had given her, and wanted to give back to others. “AAEP has been like an old close friend from the day I joined as a student to where I am now in my career. AAEP is my social circle and a source of connection to the wider industry.

“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,” Read said.

Division of responsibilities at University of Florida
Dr Chris Sanchez
Dr Chris Sanchez

Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been named as one of two associate deans of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to oversee its fast-growing clinical operations.

Sanchez, who has led the UF Veterinary Hospitals as interim associate dean for clinical services since December 2019, will be responsible for the UF Large Animal Hospital in Gainesville, the UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala and the UF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. Michael Mison, D.V.M., will become associate dean for clinical services for small animal operations, responsible for the UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville, UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala and the veterinary hospitals’ pharmacy.

College dean Dana Zimmel said the division of responsibilities would involve collaboration across certain services, but the core responsibilities associated with each position will remain.

A 1995 graduate of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Sanchez completed a residency in large animal medicine at UF in 1999. She subsequently completed her Ph.D. at UF in 2003, and joined the faculty that same year in large animal internal medicine, working her way up to the rank of full professor. Before accepting the position of interim associate dean for clinical services, she served as chief medical officer for the UF Large Animal Hospital, holding that position since January 2019. She was interim chair of the department of large animal clinical sciences from January 2018 through November 2018.

A board-certified large animal medicine specialist, Sanchez’s specific interests include gastrointestinal diseases and neonatology. She heads the UF Hofmann Equine Neonatology Intensive Care Unit and her research in the area of gastric ulcerations in foals has changed the therapeutic approach in clinical care.

The new organisational structure will go into effect on June 20.

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