Online registration open until Nov. 22

Can’t Miss Events


Roundtables: “Building Our Community” – Open discussion on Topics that Impact Us

Colorado Convention Center

Let’s chat, share & collaborate! Join us for an open forum to discuss topics such as: Career transitions within the industry, current trends in our profession, and what’s coming on the horizon. What is important right now in our industry to you and how can the AAEVT help? Discussions will be lead by AAEVT Executive Board members: Lindsey Schoelen, Nicole Bone, Rexanne Morrison, Laura Kestner, Nicole LaGrange, and Deborah Reeder.
3:00P – 5:00P

AAEP Welcome Reception

Colorado Convention Center

Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy and Nutrena®.

Mix and Mingle with friends new and old at the traditional social kickoff to the convention. Enjoy camaraderie, drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
5:30P – 7:00P


Keynote Address: Understanding Animal Behavior

Colorado Convention Center

Please join us as world-renowned animal behaviorist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., shares how in veterinary behavioral medicine the little things provide great insight. Author, speaker, professor. One of the 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine. Inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Women’s Hall of Fame. There’s even a movie about her life! Dr. Grandin has a message: animal behavior is complicated and it’s vital for the veterinary team to put in the work to see what the animals in their care are seeing. This is one not to be missed!
10:30A – noon.  Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

General Membership Meeting & Luncheon

Colorado Convention Center

AAEVT members are cordially invited to attend the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians & Assistants General Members Meeting. The Executive Board will provide a summary of the year’s projects and activities, a financial overview, outline initiatives for 2020, and install the next year’s Board members. Awards for Member of the Year and Regional Contact of the Year will be presented, along with the 2019 Scholarship winners. This is an important opportunity for you to network and stay involved in our Association as we build and grow our community. We hope to see you all there!
12:00P – 1:30P

AAEVT Social, Silent Auction & Raffle

Colorado Convention Center

Join us for an evening of celebrating our Association! Here’s your chance to network with other members, reconnect with friends, bump into old classmates, get some face-time with your Board members, and just have fun. We will also be hosting our annual Silent Auction and Raffle – the proceeds of which directly go toward providing Scholarships for you and your peers in 2020. What an amazing way to connect and give back!
5:30P – 7:00P

AAEP’s Vet Story Night

Colorado Convention Center

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health and benefiting the AAEP Foundation

Nobody has better stories about life, horses, clients and veterinarians than the vets themselves. Enjoy an evening on engaging storytelling, laughs and entertainment while raising money for a noble cause. All proceeds will benefit the AAEP Foundation and its mission to improve the welfare of horses. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
8:00P – 11:00P
$35 advance reserve seat through AAEP
$50 after December 6

Trade Show Opens

Colorado Convention Center

For exhibitors, the AAEP Annual Convention’s Trade Show is a valuable opportunity to promote your products and services to thousands of equine veterinarians, veterinary students and technicians.
For attendees, the Trade Show offers one-stop shopping with a diverse selection of companies who serve the equine veterinary industry. More than 300 companies exhibit annually.

The three-day 2019 Trade Show opens on Sunday, December 8 and closes Tuesday, December 10.


Zoo Tour & Dry Labs

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo & Colorado Convention Center

Join us for a very unique off-site trip in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. DeeAnn Wilfong (one of the original founders of the AAEVT and past AAEVT President) has graciously invited us to tour the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. She will be our guide for the day, touring around the zoo facilities, feeding the giraffes, interacting with the elephants, and more!
After a morning at the Zoo, we’ll arrive back to the Colorado Convention Center for some hands-on dry labs with new blood analysis tools, courtesy of Zoetis.
7:00A – 4:30P


Case Study Presentations

Colorado Convention Center

AAEVT Members, your peers!, have worked on some very unique medical cases and put together amazing Case Studies to present at this year’s Annual Convention. Listen to Technicians and Assistants tell, first-hand, about their experiences, findings, and results on these very interesting cases.
1:00P – 4:00P

AAEP Closing Reception – “The After Party”

Bellco Theatre, Colorado Convention Center

Sponsored by Zoetis
Ticket required

Create Mile High memories as the convention’s social calendar draws to a close with the After Party & Concert. Unwind from a day of learning over drinks and conversation with colleagues before enjoying an unforgettable concert by Josh Turner, whose rich, deep voice and distinctive style has made him one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers.