HSVMA To Award 10 Trips to Equitarian Workshop

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) is seeking entries for its Equitarian Workshop Trip Awards. Practicing veterinarians attending the second Equitarian Workshop in Vera Cruz, Mexico October 10-14 are encouraged to apply. Entries can be submitted online through Sept. 5, 2011. Ten awardees will receive a $500 travel stipend to attend the Equitarian Workshop.

The HSVMA is working with other sponsors including the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Universidad National Autónoma de México, and the Donkey Sanctuary to support the second annual Equitarian Workshop.

The workshop is an opportunity for veterinarians from the USA and Mexico to meet and learn about the best ways to provide care for working horses, mules, and donkeys. The unique format will include lectures by veterinary professionals with experience in delivering care in rural areas, and field experience in farming communities currently serviced by an established program of the veterinary school at Universidad National Autónoma de México. 

Kristen Talbott, DVM, a participant in last year’s workshop said, "During the Equitarian Workshop I couldn't help but be grateful for the opportunities we have in the states. I was amazed by how much the Mexican horsemen did with such limited supplies. They were gracious and eager to help their animals…The workshop was a priceless experience for myself and I hope for the Mexican horse owners."

A panel of judges, including Dave Turoff, DVM, and Jay Merriam, DVM, and another presenting clinician, will select the 10 award winners based on the quality of the essays submitted.

Interested individuals should register for the workshop, complete the online application, and submit a 500-1,000 word essay on the topic, "Why do you feel it is important for the veterinary profession to donate time and resources to help equines in need around the world, and what are your motivations to participate?"

For complete rules and to access the online form, go to hsvma.org/education/equitarian.

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