AAEP Task Force To Review Vaccination Guidelines

A special task force formed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will evaluate and recommend changes to the group's Guidelines for Vaccinating Horses. One of the Task Force's chief assignments is developing broad guidelines for the use of vaccinations as related to the age, breed, location, type, and activity level of the horse. The AAEP's current guidelines were established in 1995.

"Vaccination is essential to a quality preventive care program, and it is in the best interest of the health of the horse to continually evaluate vaccination schedules," said AAEP President Ben Franklin Jr., DVM. "All horses will benefit from this effort."

The increased travel of horses to competitive events. and new research on foal vaccination, also will be reviewed by the Task Force. Chaired by Gordon Brumbaugh, DVM, of Texas A&M University, the Task Force is comprised of re-searchers, vaccine manufacturers, and private practitioners. Recommendations will be submitted to the AAEP Board of Directors before the end of 2000.

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