Dr. Craig Lesser


Seminar Host



The Future of

Equine Practitioners


If you have any questions or need additional information, please refer to the contact information on the left of this page or the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What is OEPS?

Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar (OEPS) is the leading student forum in equine veterinary medicine, with over 3,900 students attending since its inception in 2003. The seminar’s career management format offers practice and financial management information for the student and opportunities for practitioners to establish long-term mentoring relationships with the approximately 200 -225 veterinary students attending.

Through OEPS sponsorships, travel and hotel funding are provided for third-year veterinary students to attend the meeting, where they receive information about various avenues and disciplines of equine practice, financial remuneration, employment, practice ownership, and marketing. Students gain valuable information through face-to-face encounters in the Practice Exhibit Hall and presentations from practitioners, financial advisors, and practice management consultants.  

Practitioner participation through attendance and financial support is the key to this event’s success. OEPS relies on its sponsors’ generous support to maintain this meeting’s quality. With a shortage of equine veterinarians, we must continue to encourage gifted students to pursue careers in equine practice and equip them with practical information for launching successful careers.  

Welcome to OEPS!

Supporters make it all possible! Meet the amazing organizations fueling our mission by clicking the button below!

OEPS Gallery

Hotel Information

OEPS 2023 will take place at The Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky from September 1st to September 3rd.

Stay in the ‘Horse Capital of the World’
Set in a peaceful lakeside area within five minutes of a variety of shops and restaurants, we’re three miles from the University of Kentucky and a 15-minute drive to Keeneland Race Track. Kentucky Horse Park is located 15 miles north.

To learn more about the hotel hosting OEPS 2023 please click the button below!

Contact Us!

We could not be more excited to see you at OEPS 2023.

For more information on Opportunities in Equine Practice, please contact seminar host Dr. Craig Lesser at [email protected].

For questions or more information on sponsorship, please contact Latonna Wilson at (859) 280-3315 or [email protected].

September 1-3, 2023

The Embassy Suites

Lexington, Kentucky


    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) was founded in 1954 by a group of 11 charter members who saw that together they could direct the focus of equine veterinary medicine.

    Today, the AAEP, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. Nearly 9,300 veterinarians and veterinary students in 61 countries are members of the AAEP.

    Our Mission

    The AAEP’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. These principles have guided the AAEP for more than six decades in the activities and services it provides

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