America's Healthy Horse Announced at AAEP

The American Association of Equine Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced on Dec. 5, 2005, a joint initiative to raise awareness about the importance of twice-a-year veterinary wellness exams.

According to a 2002 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) survey, 45% of horses are not seen by a vet during the year, which means approximately 2 million U.S. horse owners aren't receiving veterinary attention for their horses.

The new wellness program--America's Healthy Horse--will educate owners about the benefits of wellness exams and the value of routine vet care. It will focus on disease prevention, parasite control, nutrition, and dentistry, and it will involve distributing science-based educational materials to horse owners, and a national media campaign to support the vet-client relationship.

The initiative will be a multi-year program. Fort Dodge started a similar initiative with AVMA in small animals last year and Rocky Bigbie, DVM, director of field veterinary services at Fort Dodge, said it has proven very effective.


About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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