The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) commends Kevin Nelson, DVM, the June honoree of the Good Works for Horses Campaign, for showing extraordinary kindness through his service to Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program.

The AAEP’s Good Works for Horses Campaign honors AAEP-member practitioners who perform volunteer service to benefit horses and the equine community. Horse owners and veterinary professionals are encouraged to nominate veterinarians for this monthly recognition.

Nelson, the co-owner of Bristol Veterinary Service in Union Grove, Wis., provides low-cost veterinary care for eleven therapeutic riding horses at Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program. He’s also a reliable and compassionate friend to the center’s staff and the children that participate in the program. Nelson assists the center in acquiring suitable horses for the program, educates staff and volunteers about equine health care topics, and supports program through fundraisers. Nelson is also involved with the local 4-H program.  

Staff members and riders at Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program praise Nelson for his remarkable dedication to people and horses. During his visits, he patiently answers questions from special needs children, who have come to know him as "Dr. Kevin." According to program director Stephanie Kubarth, Nelson makes his involvement with the center personal as well as professional.

When a young boy who participated in the program was hospitalized for 13 months for cancer treatment, Nelson was a frequent visitor at the hospital. Nelson also gave a permanent home to Goodie, a favorit