Equine Veterinary Anesthesia Pioneer Dr. John Hubbell Delivers Famed Milne Lecture at AAEP Convention
Acclaimed veterinary anesthesiologist John A.E. Hubbell, DVM, MS, DACVA, examined the challenges and clinical progress of safely anesthetizing horses when he delivered the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on Dec. 9 during the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 66th Annual Convention, held virtually.The Milne Lecture, created in 1997, recognizes an individual with a distinguished career in research and discovery, and it serves as the centerpiece of educational programming at each year’s convention. The lecture is intended to honor the accomplishments of the individual and bring a meaningful learning experience to horse doctors from around the world.
During his presentation, entitled, “Moving Equine Anesthesia from an Art toward a Science,” Dr. Hubbell traced the development of modern anesthetic methods, identified current best practices and areas of needed improvement, and postulated pathways for enhancing the safety of equine anesthesia in the future.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Dr. Hubbell is the chief of anesthesiology at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and holds the title professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia since 1982.
After receiving his veterinary degree from Ohio State in 1977, Dr. Hubbell served an equine surgery internship at the University of California, Davis before returning to Ohio State as a resident in veterinary anesthesiology. He served on faculty at Ohio State from 1982 until 2015, when he joined Rood & Riddle.
Dr. Hubbell is author of numerous articles on veterinary anesthesia and co-author of two textbooks: Handbook of Veterinary Anesthesia and Equine Anesthesia Monitoring and Emergency Therapy. He speaks frequently on the topic at the AAEP Annual Convention and at other conferences and meetings.