By American Farriers Journal Staff

Lydia Gray, the staff veterinarian and medical director at SmartPak, recently has been elected to the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP) Board of Directors.

As Gray begins her term on the NEAEP board, she aims to help develop new opportunities and maintain the annual activities offered by the association to its members, according to a news release from SmartPak.

“I am honored to be invited to join the board of such a strong organization and I look forward to serving in my role,” Gray says. “I’m excited for the opportunity to share my association leadership experience and knowledge and to provide insight on initiatives so that the group can continue to advance.”

Founded in 2009, NEAEP is composed primarily of members from 15 states making up the northeastern United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health and welfare of horses by providing state-of-the-art professional education and supporting the economic security of the equine industry by complementing established local associations and giving equine veterinarians, farriers, technicians, veterinary students, and horse owners a unified voice at the state and regional levels.

NEAEP membership is open to equine veterinary practitioners, farriers, veterinary technicians and horse owners.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Gray join our Board of Directors,” says Bryan “Rhicco” Rentas, executive director of NEAEP. “Her experience and wealth of knowledge is sure to bring great insight to add to the combined efforts of all of our Board members. We are looking forward to all that we can accomplish in 2016, and we’re thrilled to continue leading innovative research and discussion amongst the industry.”