ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter

Iowa State University Student Chapter of American Association for Equine Practioners.

Operating as usual

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 04/30/2024

This past weekend 5 of our students were able to attend the through the AAEP Student Program. Students were able to walk the cross country course, meet FEI veterinarians behind the scenes and on course, and network with students from other schools. Overall, it was a great weekend seeing the amazing athletes at the Defender KY 3-Day Event.

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 04/20/2024

The Iowa State AAEP chapter had a busy few days of opportunities! On Friday, students were able to complete physical exams, vaccinations, and routine dental care for Hidden Acres Christian Camp. We are greatful for Dr. Joan Howard and all of the equine field service team for their help educating students.
Today, students were able to get their hands on ultrasounds and practice visualizing the thorax and abdomen. Thanks to Dr. Jackie Willette for helping students expand their skills!


As the spring semester draws to a close, we would like to extend a HUGE shoutout to all of our incredible executive team members who made the past year a huge success. These individuals brought a plethora of opportunities to our members through trips, wetlabs, speaker meetings, and fundraisers.


Make sure to check out the clothing sale to get all your ISU-CVM clothes including business attire!

The link will close on March 24th at MIDNIGHT.

Photos from Northern Lakes Equine Practice's post 02/16/2024

Thank you so much to Drs. Laurel and Golden for coming and speaking to our students. It is wonderful to hear from practitioners who love their work and are so willing to answer any of our students questions!

Photos from Iowa Equine's post 02/14/2024

We are so thankful for Iowa Equine opening their doors to students for this opportunity!


Our chapter is so thankful for the partnership with Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital and their continued dedication to providing wonderful learning experiences for our students. We also cannot forget the gracious sponsorship by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.

Another weekend we got to spend with the next generation of equine veterinarians!! This past weekend we hosted the IA State Vet Students for a wet lab and were joined by 21 students.

The students rotated through stations which included musculoskeletal ultrasound (given by Dr. Borzynski), lameness evaluation (given by Dr. Bourne), neurologic evaluation (given by Dr. Gold) and medicine and lameness case study work-ups (given by Dr. Harting).

Things kicked off on Friday night with a pizza dinner and discussion with Dr. Bourne and Dr. Langer (sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim) and the wet labs ran on Saturday.

It is so inspiring to share in the education of the future generation of doctors! They were an amazing group and we welcome them back next year!!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 01/17/2024

Over the cold winter weekend, 10 members braved the weather and traveled to College Station, TX to attend the Texas A&M SCAAEP Annual Wetlab. Students spent the morning attending 4 of ~15 wetlabs on a wide range topics within equine practice. They ate lunch in small groups of students and practitioners before listening to the enlightening words of Dr. Rob Franklin. In the evening, students were able to attend a job fair with many clinics in attendance. Overall, it was a successful weekend of learning and growing our networks.

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 12/05/2023

This past weekend 4 students attended the 69th National AAEP Convention in San Diego, CA. Students partook in the Del Mar Track Tour where they watched morning workouts, learned about pre- and post-race exams, ate lunch with track veterinarians, and watched the days races. They also attended the Extended Student Program where they attended 3 of 4 wetlabs including Contract Negotiations, Opthalmology, Equine Emergencies, and Radiology. Overall, it was a great experience browsing our knowledge and networking with our future colleagues.

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 11/14/2023

This past weekend our club hosted our annual castration wetlab with the Student Chapter of the Society of Theriogenology. We are thankful for clinicians, residents, and 4th year students that helped throughout the day to make it run smoothly. It would not be possible without their dedication to students.
Industry partners such as Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. and Dechra US helped provide breakfast and lunch for our executive team and clinicians!

Overall, it was a great day of learning opportunities for all students!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 10/17/2023

This past weekend six VM1-3 students (plus VM4 Taylor Sorells who was on Externship) were able to attend the 2nd Annual Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. Sustainability and Wellness Symposium at Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital.

On Friday night, students networked with the 11 attending veterinary clinics as well as students from the 6 attending veterinary colleges.

On Saturday morning, students attended lectures on Financials, Feedback, and practicing medicine. Following lectures, students attended wetlabs on radiographic acquisition, suturing, lab work, colic work up and abdominal ultrasound, and dental exams. Students then had further opportunities to network during a BBQ dinner before returning home.

We greatly appreciate Boehringer Ingelheim and NVA for sponsoring this event for students as well as WI Equine for hosting the event!


Come and get Mac and Cheese tomorrow!!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 10/02/2023

On Saturday, students were able to partake in our annual Equine Handling Wetlab at Hidden Acres. Students learned from Dr. Sponseller about all the aspects of a physical examination on horses. Students then were able to practice and learn about equine handling from Joy of Hidden Acres.

We are grateful for Dr. Sponseller and Joy who donated their time to help students. We are also thankful for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. for providing lunch and dewormer for the horses!


One of our amazing advisors!! Her dedication to students is unwavering!

Dr. Jamie Kopper's excellence in teaching, research and service is on display every day in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center.

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 09/13/2023

Over Labor Day Weekend, twelve 3rd Year students were able to attend that AAEP Opportunities in Equine Practice Symposium in Lexington, KY. Students were able to partake in tours, wetlabs, and lectures to learn all about the different careers available within equine medicine.
Our club is proud to say we won the T-shirt designing contest thanks to Sarah Gainer! (See pictures)
Our club is very thankful for the corporate and private companies and practices that made this event completely free for students to attend.


Contact Calli Morris for more information!


Great episode to give a listen!


This time of the year sees a lot of traveling horses, either for pleasure or for business/competition. Most horse owners know that a negative Coggins test is a document required to be able to transport their animals across state lines and enter them in a competitive event (or even board at someone's barn); if, however, you’re thinking that your horse does not need an annual Coggins test because it doesn’t travel, you might want to reconsider.

A "Coggins" is a blood test that can only be performed by USDA-approved laboratories and checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in the horse's blood. EIA is a potentially fatal blood-borne infectious viral disease that produces a persistent infection—which means that infected horses become a lifelong source of disease transmission, as there is no vaccine and no treatment.

EIA is transmitted by biting flies, particularly horseflies, so your horse is at risk even it never travels or lives in a closed herd. If a horse becomes infected, the clinical signs of disease can vary dramatically, from an acute infection to an inapparent form that presents mild to no symptoms. And once a horse tests positive for EIA, the owner can only choose between quarantine and isolation for the rest of the horse's life or humane euthanasia, to ensure that large outbreaks of the disease don’t take place.

So while a Coggins test is a necessary travel document, don’t forget that it's also first and foremost a way to identify and remove EIA carriers to keep the disease under control.

To learn more about EIA, visit our website at


Happy ! Let’s hear it for the amazing female horse doctors, veterinary students and staff who every day raise the bar and make a difference in the lives of our equine friends (and ours, too)!


We have your lunch covered tomorrow! Come support SCAAEP and enjoy Homemade mac and cheese with a variety of toppings including: bacon, shredded barbecue chicken, and ketchup.
Bowls will be sold at $5/each in the Fish Tank Lobby!

Photos from Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital's post 02/24/2023
Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 02/19/2023

The last of three back-to-back wet lab weekends for our AAEP club! This weekend we headed up north to spend time at Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students had the opportunity to ultrasound limbs, perform endoscope exams of upper airways and guttural pouches, ultrasound abdomens and discuss colic work ups, as well as learn all about opthalmic exams and local anesthesia for eyes! We cannot thank Dr. Langer, Dr. Bourne, Dr. Borzynski, Dr. Gold, Dr. Parker, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. , and all other staff that made this event possible. We appreciate the support, mentorship, and encouragement from this wonderful community of equine veterinarians!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 02/14/2023

Another fun filled day with a lameness wet-lab! Students had the opportunity to learn how to evaluate lameness, assess gaits, perform flexion tests, use hoof testers properly, ultrasound limbs, use correct positioning for radiographs, and interpret radiographs! We cannot thank all of the staff at Iowa Equine in Huxley enough for all of their support, willingness to teach, and mentorship to all of us. We look forward to all of the learning opportunities in the future!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 02/11/2023

We had the pleasure of hosting a Podiatry Wet Lab last weekend through the national chapter of AAEP! We were very thankful to have Dr. Rich & Jeff Ridley along with the other many wonderful farriers who helped out and taught us so much. Thank you to all participants and teachers!


With spring only a few weeks away (🙌), it’s not too early to start thinking about a deworming plan for your horses.

If deworming is something you’ve been doing the same way for as long as you can remember, this year we encourage you to break tradition and work with your veterinarian instead. Thanks to tools like the f***l egg count, your horse doctor can help you devise a treatment tailored to the needs of your equine friend plus monitor the efficacy of the dewormer used last. And before you dismiss this notion because you’ve been “doing it for years,” you should know that the old-school approach to deworming is quickly becoming outdated—not only a waste of money but it also builds drug resistance in the parasitic fauna of equines, which means we are running out of drugs that can effectively help us control parasite infections.

For more information, the AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines can be found on our website at
As always, consult your equine veterinarian to learn more and for questions specific to your horses!

Photos from ISU CVM AAEP Student Chapter's post 11/02/2022

Huge shout out to Dr. Sponseller, Dr. Butler, Dr. Servantez, Chelsea Iennarella-Servantez, Hannah Evans, and Nikki Sterling, along with Joylyn Ites of Hidden Acres who volunteered their time this past weekend to help the ISU CVM SCAAEP put on a Handling and Physical Exam Wet Lab! Thank you Joy for providing the horses as well!

This event was held at Hidden Acres and consisted of vet students learning how to do proper equine examinations and gain more experience with the horses. Thank you to all who participated or volunteered their time! It was a huge success!! As


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