Dr. Craig Lesser


Seminar Host





Student Info

Student Info


Private equine practitioners, professional organizations and industry sponsors have joined together to provide future equine practitioners with the opportunity to explore all aspects of equine practice, from the large animal hospital setting to the independent practitioner.

OEPS is funded and supported by the veterinary industry and equine practitioners to provide students with travel, registration and accommodations at nominal or no expense.

Students can interact with veterinarians with diverse practices, gather career information, meet with industry partners and establish mentoring and network relationships.

OEPS is limited to veterinary students entering their third year of veterinary school. Registration is conducted through each school’s Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) in the spring of the student’s second year. OEPS 2024 will host the veterinary class of 2026.

Seminar Eligibility & Registration

Registration Deadline: June 1


Program is open to graduates of 2026 only


All attendees must be student members of AAEP


Students must register through their student chapter of AAEP

If you are the designated contact for your SCAAEP, please thoroughly read the information on funding and hotel procedures before you proceed. Each designated SCAAEP group leader must contact Whitney Fields at [email protected] to activate their school account.

Seminar Funding

OEPS provides hotel accommodations, meals and travel reimbursements.

Schools are designated for airline or driving reimbursements based on a pre-determined expense schedule. Flight reimbursement is based on the cost of up to five students per school. Round-trip driving reimbursement is based on a minimum of four students per car for up to three vehicles and is paid at the current IRS mileage rate per car.

Reimbursement checks are payable to each school’s SCAAEP and distributed to each group’s leader on the final day of OEPS. SCAAEPs may register additional students at their own expense for travel. OEPS will provide hotel accommodations and registration for 12 students per school.

Funding for veterinary schools outside of the U.S. and Canada is limited, and SCAAEP representatives will need to contact Whitney Fields at [email protected] for their funding allowance.


Each school is eligible for funded hotel accommodations for up to twelve students. Room occupancy is from four to six per room.

  • Schools are assigned up to three rooms; if additional rooms are needed, please email Whitney Fields at [email protected]
  • Each SCAAEP must submit preferred roommate assignments when registering
  • If a SCAAEP does not have the proper number of registrants to fill a room, the extra student(s) will be assigned to a room with students from another school
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The seminar includes a Welcome Reception on Friday evening and all meals on Saturday and Sunday.

Kindly inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have. Although we make every effort to accommodate dietary needs, we cannot assure that all dietary restrictions can be accommodated.


Morning tours include a local horse farm, Keeneland Racecourse and a local equine veterinary hospital. Tours are open to all registered seminar attendees. Students will be divided into color-coded tour groups. Students will receive their group color at registration. 

TOURS DEPART AT 7am. Please be in the lobby to load the buses by 6:45am at the latest. 

2024 Schedule

Please refer to schedule below:

  • 3‐9 pm Registration Opens
  • 5‐9 pm Practice Exhibits
  • 7‐9 pm Welcome Reception & Hors d’Oeuvres
  • 6 am Breakfast
  • 6:45 am Load Buses
  • 7 am Buses Depart
  • 7:30 am – 12 pm Tours and Wet Labs
  • 12 – 2 pm Lunch & Practice Exhibits
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Opportunities in Dentistry
    Opportunities in Solo Practice
    Opportunities in Reproduction
    Panel Discussion
  • 3:00 – 3:20 pm – Break
  • 3:20 – 4:20 pm
    Opportunities in Surgery
    Opportunities in Mixed Practice
    Opportunities in Emergency
    Opportunities with your AAEP Membership
    Panel Discussion
  • 4:45 – 5:45 pm – Practice Exhibits
  • 6 – 9 pm – Dinner at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
  • 6 am Breakfast
  • 6:45 am Load Buses
  • 7 am Buses Depart
  • 7:30 am – 11 am Tours and Wet Labs
  • 11 am – 1 pm Lunch & Practice Exhibits
  • 1 – 2 pm
    Opportunities in General Practice
    Opportunities in Internal Medicine
    Opportunities in University/Research
    Panel Discussion
  • 2 – 2:20 pm – Break
  • 2:20 – 3:20 pm
    Opportunities at the Racetrack
    Opportunities in Industry
    Opportunities in Complementary Medicine
    Panel Discussion
  • 3:40 – 4:40 pm
    Opportunities in Rehabilitation
    Opportunities in English Sport Horse
    Opportunities in Western Performance
    Panel Discussion
  • 3:20 – 3:40 pm – Break
  • 4:40 – 5:45 pm – Practice Exhibits
  • 6 – 9 pm – Dinner at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Practitioners and Industry Exhibits

The Practitioner Exhibit is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with equine practitioners from around the country. Practitioners will be on hand to represent their practice and discuss career opportunities in their field and part of the country. The practitioner exhibit area is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Students can meet with industry partners and explore the new products and technologies currently available or in development for the equine healthcare industry.

Wet Labs

Each wet lab will have its own unique experience. Each student will be able to participate in one of the labs:

Colic Exam
In the colic wet lab, students can work through the procedures involved in a colic exam, including passing nasogastric tubes, performing an abdominal ultrasound, placing catheters, and other necessary procedures under the guidance of experienced clinicians.

Equine Ultrasound
In the ultrasound lab, students can perform a thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal and ophthalmic ultrasound of a live horse. There will also be the opportunity to perform ultrasound-guided injections on specimens.

In the lameness and rehabilitation lab, students can participate in lameness evaluations using a lameness locator, diagnostic imaging, handheld rehabilitation modalities and additional complementary therapies.

In the dental wet lab, students will learn dental examinations from both field practitioners and dental specialists. They will perform these exams on live horses and then float their teeth. Additionally, radiographic techniques and interpretation of films will be performed. 

While we cannot guarantee placement in a specific lab, we will try to accommodate student interests.