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Nat White Selected as 2008 AAEP Vice President

Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, of Leesburg, Va., has been selected as the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ next vice president. Dr. White will ascend to the AAEP presidency in 2010.

A board-certified surgeon and renowned researcher, Dr. White is the Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) at Cornell University in 1971. After completing an internship and residency in surgery at the University of California-Davis, he spent a year in practice before graduating with a master of science in pathology at Kansas State University in 1976. Dr. White has served on the faculty of Kansas State University, the University of Georgia and Virginia Tech. He was the Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Surgery as an eminent scholar at Virginia Tech from 1987 to 2003. Dr. White also is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

Dr. White has a long history of active involvement in the AAEP. He is currently the chair of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Committee, and is a past chair of the Student Relations Committee and a former member of the board of directors. Dr. White organized the Equine Research Summit in 2006 as part of the AAEP’s effort to highlight the need for equine research. He was recognized for his contributions to the AAEP and the profession in 2004 when he received the AAEP Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. White has authored or co-authored 148 journal articles and 35 book chapters, has published 40 abstracts, and is the editor and author of The Equine Acute Abdomen, Current Practice of Surgery, Current Techniques in Equine Surgery and Lameness and the Handbook of Equine Colic. His clinical and research interests include pathophysiology of ischemia-reperfusion, epidemiology of colic, abdominal and orthopedic surgery and treatment of orthopedic diseases.

Other honors received by Dr. White include the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in 1999 and the 2005 Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award from the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. White was one of the founders of the Bolshoi Colic Research Program at the University of Georgia and he helped start and continues to help organize the Equine Colic Research Symposium with the 8th Symposium to be held in Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2008.

Dr. White’s service on the AAEP Executive Committee will begin at the association’s 53rd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1 – 5, 2007.

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 nearly 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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