Wilson Receives Award at Working Equid Colloquium

Wilson Receives Award at Working Equid Colloquium

Britain’s HRH Princess Anne presents Minnesota veterinarian Dr. Julia Wilson with an award recognizing her veterinary team’s volunteer work to improve the health of working horses in Honduras.

Photo: World Horse Welfare

Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, received an award at the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids, held July 1–3 near London, England, recognizing her veterinary team’s volunteer work to improve the health of working horses in Honduras. Britain’s HRH Princess Anne presented the award.

Through the nonprofit organization, Equitarian Initiative, Wilson—of Turner Wilson Equine Consulting, in Stillwater, Minnesota—leads a team of American veterinarians who volunteer their professional expertise and passion for teaching to improve the welfare of working horses in poor communities Honduras. Wilson’s award-winning poster displayed at the conference described the successful partnership between U.S.-based veterinarians, the British charity World Horse Welfare, and the newly established veterinary college in Honduras.

Her Equitarian team provided both classroom and hands-on learning while providing veterinary services and horse owner education in poor communities around two cities. Wilson said this experience inspired a number of the Honduran veterinary students to volunteer for further opportunities in equid health clinics in Central America.

The Honduras Equitarian team also includes:

  • Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Minnesota;
  • Marta Davis-Tetrault Powers, DVM, of Minnesota;
  • David Turoff, DVM, of California; and
  • Chelsey Miller, DVM, of North Carolina.

The team will return to Honduras in November, with financial support from Minnesota horse owners.

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