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Distinguished Educators O’Brien and Steiner Honored by AAEP

Editor's note: The following news release was distributed by the AAEP December 10, 2008

Two veterinarians who have significantly impacted the development and training of equine practitioners were  honored during the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 54th Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.  Timothy R. O’Brien, DVM, MS, Ph.D., and the late John V. Steiner, DVM, DACT, will be recognized for their efforts as educators and mentors to the many students and colleagues with whom they have been affiliated.  The awards were presented during the Dec. 9 President’s Luncheon.

Dr. O’Brien received his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1965, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. The majority of his career was spent at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in the department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences. Dr. O’Brien, now retired from UC Davis, educated approximately 100 veterinary students per year, conceptualizing and developing curriculum that integrated radiology and clinical specialties. He founded and organizes the Lake Tahoe Equine Conference, which is an annual five-day conference for practitioners; has trained approximately 120 large animal and equine surgery residents, and is the founder of the Charles Heumphreus Endowed Lecture for Farrier Education [scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2009]. Dr. O’Brien has been an AAEP member for over 35 years, and has been a member of the AAEP Research and Pre-Purchase committees.

Dr. Steiner graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1968. Dr. Steiner began his career as an associate in Newton, N.J., and later opened his own practice. In 1992, Dr Steiner joined Hagyard, Davidson, and McGee in Lexington, Ky., where he started and directed the practice's Equine Fertility Unit, specializing in stallion and mare reproductive problems, equine embryo transfer, semen freezing and other assisted reproductive techniques. Dr. Steiner authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters on a variety of equine reproductive topics and spoke at various national and international veterinary meetings. He joined Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in 2008 where he remained until his passing. His colleagues there observed how knowledgeable, kind and approachable he was as a veterinarian. He was happy to share his knowledge with not only his colleagues, but students, owners and farm workers. He was known to love his work, and made great contributions to the field of theriogenology. An AAEP member since 1972, Dr. Steiner served on the AAEP’s Reproductive Committee in 1991 and 1992.

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, 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.