Complimentary Vaccines Distributed
More than 180 nonprofit equine rescue and retirement facilities in the United States recently received 3,200 complimentary doses of core vaccines through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign.
Supported in partnership by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (www.aaep.org) and Merck Animal Health (www.merck-animal-health-us.com), the UHVRC has delivered more than 21,000 free vaccines to horses in need since its inception in December 2008.
The UHVRC provides qualifying equine facilities with vaccines to protect against eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, equine rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4), West Nile Virus, equine influenza, tetanus, and rabies.
To qualify for donated vaccines, facilities must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, follow the AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities, and work with an AAEP-member veterinarian to submit an application.
The program distributes vaccines once per year; the next application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. To learn more about the program or download the application, go to www.uhvrc.org.
BECKY PAPA PHOTO Harley, a 13-year-old registered tobiano Paint Horse, is among six horses at Rescued Dreams Ranch to receive core vaccines from the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign in 2016.