President's Message


It is my honor and privilege to assume the role of President of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners for 2018.  During my time on the board, I have gained both the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to step up to this position. I look forward to continuing the work of prior presidents, and continuing to grow the organization. I am extremely lucky and grateful to work with a passionate and determined Board of Directors, and Executive Director. Together we will continue to provide the highest quality of continuing education for veterinarians and farriers, and to strengthen the bond between these two professional fields. 

As we review the wildly successful Symposium this past autumn in Norfolk, Virginia and look forward to 2018 where we will host the Symposium in Saratoga Springs, NY we invite you to spread the word about the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, and the hands on approach to wet lab education. This year’s Symposium will feature the top presenters in veterinary medicine and podiatry that you have come to expect from the NEAEP Symposium. We will also feature those presenters in a variety of wet labs that each attendee can elect to attend based on their own personal preferences.  In 2018 we will also endeavor to focus on the NEAEP mission statement to create a stronger bond and working relationship between farriers and veterinarians. We will offer various opportunities for each profession to learn from the other, while also teaching concepts that can be taken away and applied in your own practice immediately.

Finally, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our educational partners as without their continued support and loyalty a meeting of this magnitude and scope would not be possible.  Please be sure to support them as they support us.

Go ahead and make your plans to join us September 26th-29th in the heart of horse country Saratoga Springs, NY for what will be a meeting to remember and a learning experience you cannot afford to miss. 



Travis Blackwelder

Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners