Celebrate Hero Horse Doctors During This Summer's "Good Works" Campaign

Hand petting a horse's muzzle as indicative of a caring relationship between veterinarian and horse.
Hand petting a horse's muzzle as indicative of a caring relationship between veterinarian and horse. Adam Borkowski

Newsdate: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 11:30 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

Help the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) honor horse doctors whose selfless acts of service are benefiting horses and the equine community by nominating those individuals for recognition during the 2024 “Good Works for Horses” campaign.

Veterinarian visiting a farm to give horses their vaccinations.

Veterinarian visiting a farm to give horses their vaccinations.

Equine veterinarians are incredibly generous with time and expertise, and supporting this program is a chance to help the AAEP recognize those who truly volunteer in ways that help horses and horse people.
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Sponsored by AAEP Educational Partner, Zoetis, the campaign spotlights AAEP-member veterinarians whose volunteer or charitable efforts are making a difference in the lives of horses and creating a positive effect on the equine community.

Individuals and organizations are invited to nominate AAEP-member veterinarians who have contributed their services, expertise or resources in support of such endeavors beyond their daily practice responsibilities. Nominations can be made online beginning June 1 at https://aaep.org/good-works-for-horses/ The last day to submit an entry is August 31.

Three veterinarians will be selected for recognition each month, June through August, in a Win-Place-Show order. Monthly honorees and their nominators will be acknowledged across AAEP’s media platforms, and each month’s winner will receive a prize package from AAEP and Zoetis. A grand prize winner will be selected from among the three monthly “Win” honorees and recognized Dec. 8 during the AAEP’s 70th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

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 may include:

  • Offering free or low-cost vaccinations or veterinary services to a community
  • Volunteering services or resources at an equine rescue/retirement facility or therapeutic riding center
  • Responding to a natural disaster that imperils horses
  • Participating in educational programs for youth equine organizations
  • Serving the welfare of working equids domestically or internationally
  • Assisting local law enforcement and animal welfare groups

“We are very fortunate to have so many members who give their time for the good of horses and the people who care for them,” said Dr. Katie Garrett, 2024 AAEP president. “This is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight those who are often behind the scenes but give so much to the equine industry.”

“I’m extremely proud that our division is partnering with AAEP for the Good Works for Horses initiative,” said Dr. Nathan Voris, Director of Equine Technical Services for Zoetis Equine. “We’ve always known that equine veterinarians are incredibly generous with their time and expertise, and supporting this program is a chance for us to help the AAEP to recognize those who truly go above and beyond by volunteering in ways that help horses and horse people.”

For more information about the Good Works for Horses campaign, contact Sally Baker, AAEP director of marketing and public relations, at sbaker@aaep.org or (859) 233-0147.

About AAEP

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the 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.

About Zoetis

As the world’s leading animal health company, Zoetis is driven by a singular purpose: to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals. After innovating ways to predict, prevent, detect and treat animal illness for more than 70 years, Zoetis continues to stand by those raising and caring for animals worldwide—from veterinarians and pet owners to livestock farmers and ranchers. The company’s leading portfolio and pipeline of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and technologies make a difference in over 100 countries. A Fortune 500 company, Zoetis generated revenue of $8.5 billion in 2023 with approximately 14,100 employees. For more information, visit Zoetis.com.

The Zoetis Equine division is committed to providing horse care you can count on. Our team includes numerous equine veterinarians and other experts who are inspired daily by the opportunity and profound responsibility to support horses, the owners who love them, and the equine veterinarians and other care team members who safeguard their well-being. Whether at the clinic or in the field, Zoetis is always by your side with a comprehensive, innovative portfolio of equine products and services at every step of a horse’s care and throughout the journey of a horse’s life. Visit ZoetisEquine.com to learn more.

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