Vaccinations: Readers Share Who Administers Vaccinations

More than 1,150 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Who administers vaccinations to your horse?"

Results were as follows: 

  • Veterinarian 49.61% (572)
  • I vaccinate my own horse 47.61% (549)
  • Veterinary technician 1.73% (20)
  • Barn manager/trainer 1.04% (12)

Readers shared how their horses get their vaccinations in the comments below.

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  • vet. gives rabies when coggins is drawn.
  • its best to space out vaccines about every 2 weeks its better for there immunine systems
  • I've always done my own. Grew up on a farm, we did our own everything.
  • Vets have access to better vaccines than do lay people.
  • My horses are seen by the Vet 2 times per year and are vaccinated, wormed and have a dental checkup.
  • I administer some but vet has to do rabies and take Coggins anyway
  • It's not hard to do. Have your Vet show you where to do it.
  • I have too many horses and have to watch my expenses.
  • vet does annuals & I do 6 month boosters
  • Myself & vet depending on which ones.
  • I have the ones done by my vet that I can't purchase
  • Vet does Rabies with Coggins, I do the rest to save money
  • Actually, children give them under the vet's supervision.
  • Vet handles rabies, I do everything else.
  • My vet gives most of the vaccinations, but leaves a few for me to do in 1-2 weeks as I don't like to
  • Easier done and cheaper
  • we vaccinate all 20 of herd w everything but rabies--vet does that on record
  • Much, much cheaper - Sorry to my vet.
  • My Vet showed me how.
  • I want it done right.
  • you have to pay more than double per shot through the vet but can order yourself and save.
  • I do all but rabies- Kansas law that vet must do rabies
  • I always have the vet vaccinate a new foal or a new horse until I know how they will react.
  • I do my own vaccs except for rabies, which is delegated to my vet, who usually has a tech do it.
  • It's not too hard and pretty easy.
  • i do my own and the vet does rabies/coggins
  • A few I vaccinate my horses
  • Sometimes the vet, sometimes my husband
  • I wish I could select 2, I am a Veterinary Technician, so I give my own vaccines
  • I just can't do it myself!
  • I do my own shots except for the ones I can't buy in California
  • I vaccinate 3 of mine, vet does 4th - off the track, needle resistant!
  • I am a vet tech - I have the DVM vaccinate - I still want a full exam and eval before vaccination.
  • Vet vaccinates horses when she does yearly wellness exam
  • My vet gives the rabies innoculation then I give the injections I deem appropriate for my area.
  • In Canada we have to buy vaccines from the vet so don't really have a choice
  • I am a veterinarian.
  • Law requires vet to administer.
  • Even though vets don't want you to, I have learned how
  • Vet gives rabies and West Nile, strangles, I give the rest
  • easier to get health cert if I have the Vet do it all.
  • Sometimes my vet, sometimes myself
  • I am a Veterinary Technician and I vaccinate my own.
  • As we all know we are all in need to save money. Own Vac's are easy and inexspensive.
  • I'm a vet nurse so do most of the treatments myself to save on costs
  • except rabies
  • My vet gives rabies vac.; I give the rest
  • I always have epinephrine on hand, and I don't give all my shots on one day, in case of reactions.
  • in NY only legal for vets, although many owners do their own
  • I've been trained as a vet tech.
  • Spring/fall shots get done along with a full check-up. Any "routine" shots I do myself.
  • Vet does rabies & coggins, I do the tetnus,eee,ewe,rhino and w. nile
  • veterinarian, sometimes he has his vet tech do it instead.
  • My horses prefer my shot giving since I am gentler. Even my vet practice agrees with me.
  • except rabies and IN vaccines...
  • Except for rabies, which is only available through a vet in my state.
  • I trust her completely to have the latest methods, info and vaccines.
  • i have the vet give one vaccine every three weeks to allow my horse's body to build immunity gradual
  • use to admin own shots till friend's horse died react from shots she gave
  • Our vet gives the rabies and coggins, we give the rest. It's so easy to do and they are so relaxed!
  • Vet vaccinates the health issue or touchy ones, I do the calm ones with no health issues
  • With 11 horses it is cheaper and I have for years. We give them in the chest alternating with hip.
  • I Really like my vet he is a really nice guy.
  • I can do it but because I CAN'T by CA law give rabies, the vet does it.
  • Used to vaccinate broodmares myself, but herd now younger horses, not as easy, so have vet do it.
  • Most are done by the Vet . If I have one out in training I will take vacs to do them myself .
  • I'm qualified to give you a shot but I can't stick my "babies."
  • Flu; vet. Tet; me
  • ONLY RABIES, STRANGLES AND COGGINS BY VET TO EXPENSIVE OTHERWISE COULDNT HAVE ALL SHOTS NEEDED'
  • I save 100's by doing it myself
  • Vet vaccinates for Rabies and I do all the remaining vaccinations.
  • except for rabies, state required for vet to do.
  • I did my own for years then had a bad experience and nearly lost my mare due to a rare reaction.
  • Laws in CT demand Vet give shots< I used to give my own for much less cost before laws changed
  • I do everything but rabies myself (SC vet must do rabies)
  • Our vet is from Purdue Veterinary school. He brings student vet to vaccinate our horses.
  • I don't feel comfortable doing it myself
  • I want her to make sure my older horse does not need extra care.
  • It saves lots of money to do my own.
  • I used to vaccinate myself but not with this mare!
  • however both the vet and I vaccinate..I vaccinatle for sleeping sickness and tet,( fla)
  • We receive vaccinations as part of the OSU large animal teaching program
  • My horses get a well horse check at the time they get their shots.
  • Save yourself some money giving shots is not rocket science.
  • -might save some money doing my own, but prefer to have the vet get to know my horse & my address
  • Great time to do wellness check & check teeth
  • I'm a cat vet. Horse vet vaccinates my horses. If any reaction, he's there.
  • I do them all except for rabies, which vet does
  • If the vet is already on-site, he may do some
  • I get the vaccines from my Vet so there is a record of what they have been given.
  • All but the rabies vax.
  • I do part of the vaccinations, vet does the rest
  • except rabies
  • I vaccinate my own, except for rabies. Ilegal in MN for anyone but vet to administer.
  • I give some & the vet gives the rest. Saves me money & is easy to do.
  • Vaccinate my own, except for WNV which by law has to be administered by a vet here in NV.
  • As a former farmer, I had a LOT of experience treating animals. This included administering meds.
  • I'm a Farrier and with 6 Horses and 2 Donkeys, I've learned to do my own.
  • I'm a former vet tech - I do my own
  • Buy doses from Vet and I admin
  • . . . and NOT in the neck. Edema or infection possible. Use hip muscle. Get horse used to shots!
  • I am a vet tech at a large animal clinic so I have recieved training in this area.
  • I break down shots, down to a minimum if any
  • Every horseowner should learn how to give IM injections.
  • my vet does one round and I do the next a few weeks later
  • Rabies by vet.
  • I save tons of money by ordering my shots on line. West Nile and Rabies are sold by vet only.
  • We have the vet out to do rabies and coggins test but give all the others ourselves
  • It is great time for my vet to check my horse's overall heath.
  • While I vaccinate all the older horses, the vet vaccinates foals up to there yearling year.
  • ALWAYS!
  • horse is extremely allergic to most vaccines
  • Rabies & Coggins are done by Vet, we do all others ourselves.
  • I vacc. my own horses, but the vet has to give rabies. it's controlled in TX.
  • I do my own flu in fall though
  • Due to MD law, vet has to do Rabies shot
  • I have the vet do it so if there are any issues she knows she did it and also to check to see how th
  • my horses ALWAYS have a vaccination reaction so I have my vet administer with Bute "chaser"
  • mostly done by vet but i have done some myself
  • Vaccines I can administer I do, else my vet
  • They are still checked once a year for rabies, and for coggins, others we do
  • I am a Vet Tech.
  • Vet sees horses 2x/yr... just in case
  • My vet gives the rabies shot otherwise, I administer them.
  • I do, but vet does Rabies as law requires that.
  • the vet with a exam, I do any 3 wk boosters
  • When I vaccinate I have blood drawn Coggins tests too. Saves a second vet visit and money too

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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