Back in the September/October 2015 issue of “Trail Rider” there was an excellent article by Jessica Jahiel, PhD, titled “On-the-Road Veterinary Care”. In it, was mentioned the American Association of Equine Practitioners Directory. Have had some folks contact me about it and I’d like to endorse what Jessica says – it’s a tremendous resource for on the road travelling AND in the home barn!
I’ve been getting a copy from AAEP for a number of years. Buy one about every 5 years because vets don’t seem to change professions very often! My current one is a 2015. I’ve found the quickest and easiest method to locate a vet (anywhere) is to have my OWN vet directory!
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to equine veterinary medicines, publishes the Membership Directory. Within it’s 400 pages are valuable references not only for vets but for Medication, Equine Welfare and more. In the 262 pages of ‘Members Listed Alphabetically’, each vet has name, address, phone number, fax, e-mail. Also a list of ‘Colleges of Veterinary Medicine’ so one will know where the vet received his degree.
Following the ‘Members Listed Alphabetically’, is a section ‘Members by State’. You can find a vet anywhere in the Nation by state first, then name. Turn back to the alphabetical listing for complete information. Even if travelling to Canada or Mexico, there is a section on ‘Members by Country’ – want go further? Brazil, Greece, Ireland, Australia maybe......!
To store, I keep my copy in a large, zip lock plastic bag INSIDE the trailer on one of the top shelves. With it is a small notebook where I keep notes. Fortunately, I’ve never had to look up a vet for my horses but on occasions I’ve loaned it to someone to use when they need a vet. With the notebook inside, they can tear out a piece of paper, write the information on it and take the piece of paper with them! Always in the trailer it’s easy to find and it always goes where my horses are going!
For information on obtaining a copy I always contact the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Attn: Nick Altwies, Directory of Membership, www.aaep.org, 4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511, (859) 233-0147; (859) 233-1968 fax.