New York Offers Discounts for Vaccinating Horses against EEE

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is reminding horse owners they have until August 31 to obtain a $15 discount when a veterinarian vaccinates their animal(s) against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), according to a statement from the department.

"In response to mounting concerns regarding the increased number of cases of EEE, both in humans and in horses in New York over the last few years, the New York State Senate has recently allocated funds for various activities meant to reduce the threat of EEE in people and in horses," the statement read.

Thus, the Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry was tasked with promoting a vaccination program--which took effect June 10--by offering a discount to participating horse owners.

"Veterinarians who participate in the rebate program agree to discount their vaccination fees by $15.00 per horse," the statement explained. "The state will then reimburse the veterinarian $15.00 per vaccinated horse. The vaccination must be given by the veterinarian or veterinary technician in order to qualify."

Veterinarians licensed in New York can find the necessary forms online at www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/vet.html under the "Forms" section. Instructions on how to obtain rebates can be found on the backside of the certificates, the statement said.

The discount program is available to all horses residing within the state. The statement said that if funds remain after the program ends on Aug. 31, the discount program will be reinstated in 2013.

For more information or if questions arise, e-mail or call the Division of Animal Industry at dai@agriculture.ny.gov or 518/457-3502.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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