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Group Honors CVM Professor Nat Messer
for Long-term Contributions

The American Association of Equine Practitioners honored Nat Messer, DVM, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor of equine medicine, as a Distinguished Lifetime Member. Dr. Messer was recognized Dec. 4, 2012, during the AAEP's 58th Annual Convention in Anaheim, Calif.

The Distinguished Lifetime Member award honors regular and international members of the association who have made outstanding contributions to the organization throughout their career. The AAEP nominating committee and the board of directors select the recipient of the award, which is one of the organization’s highest honors.

Dr. Messer, who has retired, but still teaches at the CVM on a part-time basis, earned his doctor of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in equine practice with more than 40 years’ experience as an equine practitioner. He is extremely active in the equine industry, and has served on multiple committees within the AAEP and the American Quarter Horse Association. He is active in many issues relating to equine welfare and has served on the Animal Welfare Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Messer’s clinical teaching at the CVM focuses on equine laminitis, endocrine disease, respiratory tract disease, neonatal disease and dental disease.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., 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, more than 10,000 veterinarians and veterinary students in 57 countries are members of the AAEP. The group’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.

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