The Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NAEP) is going national.

The Lockport, N.Y.-based organization is changing its name to the National Alliance of Equine Practitioners. Its board of directors unanimously voted to change its name to better reflect the organization’s mission to work together for the well-being of the horse, according to a press release from the NAEP.

“The name change marks a significant shift both at the board level and outwardly, with a strategy hyper-focused on the national audience of equine practitioners,” says Dave Dawson, the NAEP’s chief executive officer. “The NAEP’s core values of inclusion, interprofessional education, and growth, will power the association's future as we work towards stronger alliances in the industry. We look forward to serving our membership and the industry as a whole, as we undertake the next step of this journey.”

The move also includes a redesigned logo The brand seal symbolizes the idea of veterinarian and farrier collaboration, according to the NAEP. The seal has evolved to highlight the organization's alliance with all equine practitioners. The seal was designed to evoke the feeling of higher education in their field of work, which is at the heart of the NAEP’s programs for their members and the global community of equine professionals, according to the organization.