Roseland, N.J. -- After a successful inaugural year in 2009 in which more than 2,500 horses received free vaccines, the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) is accepting applications again this year, with a deadline of Feb. 1 for spring vaccinations and Aug. 1 for fall vaccinations.
This campaign, a joint effort between the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and Intervet/Schering Plough, provides the vaccines to qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities. Vaccines are available against West Nile virus, rabies, equine influenza, equine herpesvirus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis, western equine encephalomyelitis, and tetanus.
All equine rescue and retirement facilities must submit a new application each year. Those wishing to apply must work with an AAEP-member veterinarian. Qualifying facilities must follow the AAEP's "Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities" and have a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. More details and the application are available at www.UHVRC.org.