Dr. Duane E. Chappell, Merck Animal Health, Appointed to American Association of Equine Practitioners Board of Directors

MADISON, N.J., Nov. 20, 2017 – The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) today installed Duane E. Chappell, D.V.M., to its 2018 board of directors during the President’s Luncheon at the 63rd annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Chappell is an equine technical service and pharmacovigilance veterinarian for Merck Animal Health.

“I am truly humbled to serve the AAEP as a board member,” said Dr. Chappell. “AAEP has played a tremendous role in molding and shaping my career as an equine practitioner and person, and I look forward to advancing the mission and strategic goals of the AAEP among current and future generations of equine veterinarians.”

An AAEP member since 1992, Dr. Chappell has served on the AAEP dentistry and infectious disease committees, Foundation advisory council and as student scholarship chair. He is also a passionate advocate of the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), serving as a CVM advisory board member since 2012 and as the 2017-2018 chair-elect.

“Dr. Chappell has been a long-time member and great volunteer for the AAEP over the years,” said David L. Foley, executive director. “Most recently serving on the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council during an unprecedented period of growth for the Foundation. He has always been someone we could depend on to get the job done and we look forward to welcoming him to the AAEP Board of Directors.”

The AAEP board of directors is responsible for governing, developing policy and setting a course for the future of the AAEP. Dr. Chappell will serve a three-year term as a board member.

Dr. Chappell received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University. He joined the Merck Animal Health equine veterinary technical services team in 2014. Throughout his career, Chappell has owned and managed solo and group mixed animal practices, was a resident veterinarian at a Midwest breeding farm, and served as an assistant professor at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.

“Dr. Chappell is an integral part of the Merck Animal Health equine family,” said D. Craig Barnett, D.V.M., director of equine veterinary technical services, Merck Animal Health. “He is a passionate advocate for the horse and the AAEP and no one is more deserving of this appointment. Our team is proud to support Dr. Chappell during his service to the AAEP and the positive impact we know he will make.”

About Merck Animal Health

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.


he 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, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.