The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is applauding the “good works” of veterinarians who are dedicating their time, money, and resources to improving equine health and welfare 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. A 2017 AAEP survey indicates that 95 percent of members had served as a volunteer, donated goods or services, made monetary contributions, and/or assisted the equine community beyond their daily work responsibilities.
The AAEP is inviting 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 2019 Annual Convention, taking place in December in Denver, Colorado. The deadline for horse owners and organizations to nominate a veterinarian for this month is Jan. 31. The nomination form is available on the AAEP website.
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 include:
- Offering free or low-cost vaccinations or veterinary services to a community;
- Volunteering services or resources to 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 owners about proper horse health care; and
- Helping working equids locally or abroad.
The veterinarian selected each month will be featured on the AAEP’s website and social media.
To learn more 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.