Campaign honors veterinarians' equine volunteer service
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is celebrating the good work of veterinarians who are devoting time and expertise beyond the scope of their everyday practice to help horses and the equine community. Throughout 2011, the AAEP’s Good Works Campaign will spotlight AAEP-member practitioners whose volunteer efforts are improving the health and welfare of horses.
According to a 2009 AAEP Equine Welfare survey, 71 percent of members had donated resources or services to assist the equine community in the past year. To honor these people, the AAEP invited 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 who was nominated for special recognition. Monthly honorees will be considered for the 2011 Good Works Award, to be presented during the 57th Annual AAEP Convention Nov. 18 to 22 in San Antonio. 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
> Volunteering services or resources at a horse-related therapy center
> Contributing funds to support an equine-related benevolent program
> Participating in educational programs for youth equine organizations
> Educating clients or horse owners about proper horse health care
> Helping working horses locally or abroad, including projects in third world countries.
AAEP members performing good work will be featured on the AAEP’s Good Works website, in Equine Veterinary Education, and a bimonthly e-newsletter, Spur of the Moment. In addition, a few candidates will share their volunteer experiences firsthand through the AAEP’s Good Works Blog: Works in Progress.
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