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Two Companies Join AAEP Educational Partners Program

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) today announced the

addition of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as

Educational Partners. The Educational Partners program is a group of ten

corporations dedicated to providing resources and education through the AAEP

to veterinarians and horse owners to improve the health and welfare of the


"We are delighted to join forces with the AAEP to support equine health, as

well as the success of the dedicated practitioners who provide medical

care," said Jonathan Ayers, president and CEO. "This partnership is

consistent with our strategy to provide innovative solutions and technical

advances to our equine customers."

"Luitpold Pharmaceuticals has taken a hard look at its business model the

past 20 months," said Allyn Mann, senior manager at Luitpold. "To stay

competitive and bring value to the equine community, change was necessary

and a new vision was defined. This vision looks outward and centers on the

health of the horse." According to Mann, the next logical step for Luitpold

is to align itself with the AAEP as an educational partner and help support

the key component of their mission statement: to improve the health and

welfare of the horse.

"We are very excited to enter into this partnership and look forward to

working with the AAEP and its members, staff, Executive Committee and board

members," said Mann.

As a committed partner to equine practitioners and their clients, both IDEXX

Laboratories and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals have previously supported the AAEP

through the sponsorship of key events at the Annual Convention.

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., (<http://www.idexx.com>) is a leader in companion

animal health, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with

innovative, technology-based offerings, including a broad range of

diagnostic products and services, practice-management systems and

therapeutics. Our products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide

advanced medical care and to build more economically successful practices.

IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and

information for the production animal industry and tests for the quality and

safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, IDEXX

Laboratories employs more than 3,000 people and offers products to customers

in over 100 countries.

Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (<http://www.luitpold.com>) is a subsidiary

of the multi-billion dollar Daiichi Sankyo, a global pharmaceutical company

based in Japan. The U.S. divisions of Luitpold consist of American Regent

Laboratories with their flagship iron product, Venofer® and Osteohealth with

the latest FDA-approved treatment for periodontal disease, GEM 21®.

Luitpold's Animal Health Division developed its joint therapy, Adequan®, as

well as the first FDA-approved, apple-flavored phenylbutazone paste. In

1997, Adequan® Canine was approved for use in dogs with osteoarthritis. This

product has been licensed out to Novartis Animal Health.

Luitpold has a global reach as Adequan® is approved in the major European

countries. Business partners in Europe are Janssen Animal Health and

Intervet. Luitpold's focus is to support the equine practitioner with

educational tools for their clients.

"It is rewarding to have companies of IDEXX and Luitpold's excellence

interested in promoting the importance of equine health care," said David

Foley, AAEP executive director. "We look forward to working together to

benefit the continuing education of equine practitioners and horse owners

for the health of the horse."

The eight other AAEP Educational Partners are: Bayer HealthCare - Animal

Division, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Fort Dodge Animal Health,

Intervet, Nutrena, Platinum Performance, Pfizer Animal Health and Purina

Mills. It also was announced today that two former Educational Partners -

EQUUS magazine and The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care - have become

Media Partners, which is a new partner affiliation recently started by the


The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in

Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated

to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more

than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is

actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and

continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.


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