Many of my "work" trips involve plane hopping, slogging through airport security, and searching for rental cars only to finally arrive at my destination, speak, and then repeat the travel process going home. Don't get me wrong, I love the opportunity to attend conferences, but I find that I rarely have the time to actually enjoy my destination and take in the local sights and sounds.

In 2012, I was approached by one of our team at AAHA who was pitching a conference that AAHA had never attended and asked me if I'd be willing to consider it. "Before you answer," he told me, "let me just mention that there is fishing involved." Well, he had me at "fishing" and at that point I probably would have signed up for about anything anywhere! Fortunately, I was not disappointed when I arrived.

Golfing, walleye fishing (in the proclaimed walleye fishing capital of the world), skeet shooting, and cutting-edge medical and management continuing education (CE) await veterinarians attending the annual Lake Erie Walleye Fishing & Golf Seminar weekend hosted in Port Clinton, Ohio. Our hosts for this past year's conference, held May 16-19, were Dr. and Mrs. Fuller, who have been organizing this event for 19 years. The Fullers provide a relaxed atmosphere--we stay and meet a stone's throw from Lake Erie (the picture above was taken from my balcony) where attendees have the chance to meet and mingle around the afternoon presentations.

AAHA first contributed speakers to the seminar in 2012 after being drawn in by the appeal of offering our members a regional conference that mixed morning outdoor activities with informative afternoon sessions. This past year's weekend featured CE ranging from small animal dentistry to equine performance horse evaluation to laser therapy to practice management. With roughly 150 veterinarians in attendance, we have the opportunity to interact with the speakers, and one another, which can be tough to do at some of the larger conferences.

The last morning of the meeting I joined five other attendees for a chartered walleye fishing excursion ("party boats" were also available for those who are not quite die-hard fishermen and women) and we spent about five hours on the water catching more than 20 walleye! Needless to say, I look forward to attending next year and hope to see you there!


The 19th annual Lake Erie Seminar was held in Port Clinton, Ohio on May 16-18. With 164 registrants, the program included a diverse group of topics ranging from dentistry and equine nutrition to Obamacare. This year, the meeting's annual Service Above Self Award was presented to Dr. John Mitchell. After graduating from The Ohio State University and an internship at Auburn, Dr. Mitchell spent a career in racehorse medicine primarily with Standardbreds based in Pompano, Florida. Dr. Mitchell is also the immediate past president of the AAEP and travels around the world as a lecturer in equine medicine.


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Evelyn Smith
Evelyn SmithUnited States
7/16/2013 6:30:47 PM #

This is an exciting and fun way to get to know each other better and get top quality CE. There should be more of these offered!

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