More than 2,5000 practitioners are expected for the 47th American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention Nov. 24-28 in San Diego, Calif.About 100 scientific sessions will highlight this year's convention. Seminars and panel discussions will explore lameness in the Western performance horse, the use of frozen semen, current concepts in equine osteoarthritis, pediatrics, and the use of antimicrobials. Wet-lab sessions, which offer hands-on training, will address dentistry, lameness, neurology, reproduction, and ultrasound. Professional development seminars and interactive small-group discussions will complete the convention.Featured speakers will include Dr. James N. Moore, one of the world's foremost authorities on equine gastrointestinal disease. Moore will deliver the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, "A New Look at Intestinal Displacements and Endotoxemia in Horses."Keynote speaker Dr. Morgan MacArthur will open the convention with his talk on managing the professional and personal demands of veterinary practice.On Nov. 25, six educational sessions will address topics such as trailer loading, equine emergencies, and colic.For more information about the convention, call 859-233-0147 or visit www.aaep.org.In related news, Dr. Larry Bramlage has been named the 2002 vice president of AAEP. He will be inducted during the convention. Bramlage, an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon, is a partner in Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Elizabeth M. Santschi has been named to the AAEP's board of directors as a director at large. Her three-year term will begin during the convention. Since 1999, Santschi has served as clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.