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AAEP Honors CVM Alumnus

The American Association of Equine Practitioners honored MU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumnus Tom R. Lenz, DVM, MS, with the Distinguished Lifetime Member award for his longtime dedication to the association. Lenz, who has been a champion for equine welfare throughout his career, was recognized during the 55th Annual Convention annual awards Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nev.

An AAEP member since 1976, Lenz has worked in many facets of the equine veterinary world, including private equine practice, academia and corporate business. During his 2003 term as AAEP president, he championed equine welfare initiatives and was instrumental in organizing the AAEP’s first Focus meeting. Lenz has served on numerous committees and task forces, including the Equine Welfare Committee. He is currently a member of the President’s Advisory, Public Policy and AAEP Foundation committees.

A 1975 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Lenz became a Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists in 1986 and received a master of science degree in equine reproduction from Texas A&M University in 1988. He currently is a trustee of the American Horse Council and serves on their Horse Welfare Committee. He serves on the Research Committee of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and the Veterinary Advisory Board of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. He also serves as the chair of the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition.

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 10,000 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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