The American Association of Equine Practitioners inducted Colorado State University Josie Traub-Dargatz, veterinarian and professor, to the AAEP board of directors at the 55th annual convention in Las Vegas. Dr. Traub-Dargatz was sworn in with other new board members at the Dec. 8 president’s luncheon.
Dr. Traub-Dargatz will serve a three-year term representing the central district, which includes Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
Traub-Dargatz is a professor of equine medicine at the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State University where she has also served as a clinician in the veterinary teaching hospital. Her current research focuses on controlling equine infectious diseases in populations through implementation of biosecurity measures with an emphasis on timely diagnosis.
Since joining the AAEP in 1978, Traub-Dargatz has served as a member and chair of the Pediatrics Committee and as a member of the Infectious Diseases Committee. She also facilitated the Infectious Disease Forum, chaired the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Horses Task Force and was a member of the Biologic and Therapeutic Task Force. Traub-Dargatz currently serves on the Infectious Diseases Committee. She delivered her first scientific presentation at the 1983 AAEP convention, which also was held in Las Vegas.
Traub-Dargatz is a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a large animal internship at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced for several years in Maple Plain, Minn., before studying internal medicine at Washington State University.
With her combined experience in academia and private practice, Traub-Dargatz offers the board a broad spectrum of knowledge and a well-rounded perspective of the equine industry and issues affecting her district. She has worked with regulatory veterinarians, universities, associations and industry groups. She wants the AAEP to continue to listen to and work with industry stakeholders who share a mission to improve the welfare of horses.
Traub-Dargatz and her husband, David, also a veterinarian, spend their leisure time enjoying outdoor activities including skiing, camping, hiking and gardening.
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 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.
Traub-Dargatz is a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences.