The American Association of Equine Practitioners is applauding the “good works” of veterinarians who are dedicating their time, money and resources to the health and welfare of the horse beyond the call of their normal day-to-day obligations.
The AAEP’s Good Works Campaign will feature AAEP-member veterinarians whose volunteer efforts are positively impacting the equine community. According to a 2017 AAEP Veterinary Volunteerism survey, 95 percent of members had served as a volunteer, donated goods or services, made monetary contributions or assisted the equine community beyond their daily work responsibilities.
The AAEP invites horse owners and organizations to nominate veterinarians who have contributed veterinary services or resources to benefit horses and the local equine community. Each month, the AAEP will select a veterinarian nominated by a horse owner or organization for special recognition. Monthly honorees will be considered for the 2019 Good Works Award, to be presented during the 65th Annual Convention in Denver, Colo. The deadline for horse owners and organizations to nominate a veterinarian for January is Jan. 31. The nomination form is available here.
The AAEP defines “good works” as selfless acts of giving back to the horse, for the sake of the horse and people they serve. Examples of “good works” may include:
- Offering free or low-cost vaccinations or veterinary services to a community
- Volunteering services or resources at an equine rescue or retirement facility or therapeutic riding center
- Contributing funds to support an equine-related benevolent program
- Participating in educational programs for youth equine organizations
- Educating horse owners about proper horse health care
- Helping working equids locally or abroad
The veterinarian selected each month will be featured on the AAEP’s website and social media.
To discover the Good Works of AAEP veterinarians or nominate a Good Works candidate, visit the AAEP website. For more information on nominating a veterinarian for this program, contact Michelle Behm, AAEP communications coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.