Unwanted-horse relief campaign aids 1,400 horses so far

Unwanted-horse relief campaign aids 1,400 horses so far

May 18, 2009
By dvm360.com staff
Roseland, N.J. -- A veterinary program launched four months ago to provide vaccines for unwanted horses through equine rescue and retirement facilities so far has helped more than 1,400 horses nationwide, organizers report.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announced at last December's AAEP convention that they would work together in the program called the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC).

Since then, more than 100 applications from unwanted-horse rescue facilities in 35 states were received, and vaccines were donated to help more than 1,400 horses.

To qualify for vaccines, equine shelters must have a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and follow the AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities. They then work through AAEP-member veterinarians to complete and submit applications to receive three Intervet/Schering-Plough vaccines: PreveNile West Nile virus vaccine; EquiRab rabies vaccine; and Prestige V (KY93, KY02 and NM2/93 flu strains, EHV-1, EHV-4, EEE, WEE and tetanus).

In addition, a portion of all Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health equine vaccine sales since Dec. 1, 2008, have gone to support the UHVRC program. To download an application and the AAEP care guidelines, visit www.UHVRC.org .