AAEP Helps Practitioners, Horse Owners Prepare for Hurricane

As Hurricane Irene moves toward the Atlantic Coast, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) alerts horse owners and veterinary professionals to take precautionary steps for equine safety this season.

Equine practitioners and horse owners in areas impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters are encouraged to visit the AAEP website to access disaster preparedness resources specific to their state. Disaster preparedness resources specific to states in the path of Hurricane Irene are currently highlighted on the website. In addition, horse owners will find the AAEP's Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Guidelines, evacuation instructions and information to create a disaster plan for equine facilities.

As community authorities for equine health care, equine practitioners are uniquely qualified to lead equine relief efforts during a natural disaster. The AAEP website provides information to help practitioners organize community relief efforts and inform clients about disaster preparedness. Practitioners will find links about practicing disaster scenarios, working with governmental agencies, transporting horses across state lines and reporting diseases.

"The AAEP reminds equine practitioners and horse owners that preemptive action is the most important step in protecting the safety of horses against natural disasters," said William Moyer, DVM, AAEP president. "Equine practitioners can serve as leaders in their communities to educate the horse-owning public about the importance of disaster planning."

To access AAEP resources about disaster preparedness for veterinarians and horses owners, visit aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm.

In its continuous mission to ensure the welfare of horses, the AAEP Foundation accepts year-round funding requests to assist organizations responding to disasters and emergencies affecting the equine community. Relief organizations and individuals working to help horses in communities affected by natural disasters can apply for funding from the Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund at aaep.org/disaster_relieffund.htm. The Foundation is always accepting donations to the Emergency Relief Fund at aaepfoundation.org.

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American Association of Equine Practitioners

AAEP Mission: To improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. More information: www.aaep.org.

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