Poll

The Veterinarian's Role

  • Email
  • Share
  • Newsletters

What do you think is a veterinarian's role in equine welfare?
(Check all that apply)

Advocate for the horse
30%
1263
Owner educator
30%
1250
Source of free or discounted services for needy horses
12%
500
Reporter of abuse
25%
1017
Other (please explain below)
3%
118

Total votes cast: 4148

Comments & Write-in Answers

Mentor for owners advising them on best care practice and refered reading.

11/24/2008 11:53:34 PM

Primary role is medical practitioner

11/24/2008 6:18:42 PM

His Doctor

11/24/2008 5:27:37 PM

this website is a very interesting one

11/24/2008 4:27:22 PM

Depending on the vet's role (large or small animal practice) all of these.

11/24/2008 3:31:52 PM

The owner is the client and final arbiter. The vet can advocate and educate.

11/24/2008 3:24:26 PM

your best friend

11/24/2008 3:22:06 PM

guardian and protector

11/24/2008 2:59:19 PM

All of the above

11/24/2008 2:42:43 PM

thanks for the help

11/24/2008 1:55:59 PM

Vets should consider discounting fees for caring but financially strapped horse owners

11/24/2008 11:50:48 AM

educate the general public about things such as PMU and safe alternatives

11/24/2008 11:12:14 AM

current on vaccines needed in boundary of horse. more thorough exams.

11/23/2008 10:58:32 PM

all of the above

11/23/2008 5:48:01 PM

to be continually educated, and willing to let go of outdated methodologies

11/23/2008 4:24:01 PM

provide surgical and medical car beyonf the abilities of the owner

11/23/2008 10:00:03 AM

advocate for equine hospitals if referral is necessary

11/22/2008 10:58:08 PM

someone who cures ilnesses

11/22/2008 8:21:36 PM

Too make money!

11/22/2008 8:09:20 PM

all vets should donate a bit of their time to free/low cost services for needy animals

11/22/2008 4:43:59 PM

nutritional advisor

11/22/2008 3:47:09 PM

equine caregiver

11/22/2008 8:35:07 AM

Should be involved in all aspects of horse care/welfare

11/22/2008 8:03:47 AM

When people know better, they do better to take care of their horses.

11/21/2008 5:22:33 PM

Medical care provider according to what is most appropriate to each horse

11/21/2008 5:01:12 PM

fixin em up

11/21/2008 4:22:18 PM

Need to be anti-Slaughter and promote and provide humane euthanasia and low cost euthanasia.

11/21/2008 4:01:58 PM

when trying to solve problems, please inform of home care if possible.

11/21/2008 3:31:18 PM

Recommend proper vaccines and dewormers for area.

11/21/2008 1:03:15 PM

to partner with the owner to insure the horse is given the best care. ALso an educator but owner nee

11/21/2008 12:34:41 PM

They can not and should not be expected to give their services away for free.

11/21/2008 11:44:33 AM

ufortunately many vets will not report abuse in fear of alienating clients especially if wealthy

11/21/2008 11:10:55 AM

Vets should suggest that people not breed their poor quality horses

11/21/2008 9:52:22 AM

I believe the vet has a responsibility to fulfill ALL of these roles!

11/21/2008 8:36:52 AM

the horse should always come first for a vet otherwise he/she should have a different career

11/21/2008 8:21:42 AM

Vets also keep a finger on the pulse of overall animal health in a region.

11/21/2008 6:59:13 AM

Sometime a vet may be called on to dispense unwelcome advice for the good of he horse.

11/20/2008 9:32:43 PM

referral resource to help owners find solutions

11/20/2008 8:57:23 PM

some may chose to be an advocate for the horse, but they are not obligated to assume that role

11/20/2008 8:32:03 PM

Vets are for the health of the horse. Anything else and no one will bring them in.

11/20/2008 8:12:50 PM

My vet's fees are quite reasonable.It wouldn't surprise me if some fees are discounted

11/20/2008 6:47:39 PM

General horse welfare director via owners.

11/20/2008 6:24:06 PM

constantly educating him or herself

11/20/2008 4:57:02 PM

a vet should be willing to speak up for the animals he/she swore not to harm...

11/20/2008 4:37:47 PM

Foremost, provide expert treatment

11/20/2008 4:29:48 PM

I think all of the above would be appropriate.

11/20/2008 4:12:51 PM

I think that all of the above should be a veterinanrians role in the equine welfare.

11/20/2008 3:19:23 PM

Treat the horse for only what is accually needed and educate the owners on health issues.

11/20/2008 3:05:43 PM

To become educated not only in medicine but in feet and nutrition.

11/20/2008 3:04:37 PM

Be open to second opinions and lose the ego! The welfare of the horse matters most.

11/20/2008 3:01:33 PM

All of these potions apply

11/20/2008 2:50:09 PM

Proper prevenative care for horses

11/20/2008 1:16:26 PM

Connection/Educator between science and the lay person.

11/20/2008 10:59:17 AM

Vets must work WITH horseowners to achieve best for the horse.Open minded, continue education.

11/20/2008 10:55:40 AM

I'd think advocate for and reporter of would be the same category?

11/20/2008 10:12:48 AM

I dont feel they MUST give services away for needy, but once in awhile it would be a caring gesture

11/20/2008 9:54:17 AM

medical care

11/20/2008 9:12:17 AM

help and support the owner to keep his horse healthy and happy

11/20/2008 1:06:42 AM

equine health partner with equine owners

11/20/2008 12:35:00 AM

a good vet is ALL of the above at one time or another

11/19/2008 10:10:40 PM

Equine Veterinarians in our area don't have TIME for donated services

11/19/2008 9:42:29 PM

someone willing to admit that other treatments (non-veterinary) might be best for the horse.

11/19/2008 9:21:52 PM

to be respectful of ideas and concerns of the owner. To not dismiss an owner'observation or an idea.

11/19/2008 6:53:55 PM

"do no harm", period.

11/19/2008 6:10:43 PM

The vet's ultimate responsibility is to the well-being of the horse.

11/19/2008 5:31:22 PM

Keeping the horse healthy

11/19/2008 4:36:00 PM

Hope vets would opt to provide free/disc services to legitimate welfare groups, but can't force this

11/19/2008 3:36:41 PM

when an owner takes good care of their horse, but is on a tight budget educating to do simple things

11/19/2008 2:51:38 PM

quality medical care

11/19/2008 2:39:50 PM

Vets should stay abreast of political issues impacting horses.

11/19/2008 2:35:07 PM

healer of sick horses

11/19/2008 1:52:29 PM

Health practitioner!

11/19/2008 1:44:02 PM

Research; education; best care for each individual equine

11/19/2008 1:39:26 PM

I think that vets should be better educated and work more with farriers/blacksmiths

11/19/2008 12:52:37 PM

I am fortunate that my vet educates me as he treats my horse, a lost art today.

11/19/2008 12:27:08 PM

Encourage care that is pracitcal (affordable)

11/19/2008 12:00:43 PM

all of the a bove

11/19/2008 11:41:09 AM

and not recommend slaughter. slaughter has no place in any vet's recommendation for option.

11/19/2008 11:20:48 AM

Treatment (call from owner)

11/19/2008 11:10:45 AM

I'd like to see vets involved in all aspects of horse care/ownership!

11/19/2008 11:02:44 AM

Realize horses get sick at inconvienent times, be available for emergencies.

11/19/2008 10:50:14 AM

A veterinarian should be an equine advocate, owner educator and should report cases of abuse.

11/19/2008 10:40:10 AM

I am a CVT and education is the biggest aspect that needs more attention.

11/19/2008 10:32:15 AM

Vets can educate owners to breed sounder more useful horses.

11/19/2008 10:21:31 AM

Be up to date with equine health issues

11/19/2008 10:02:25 AM

I have awesome vets that answer any & all questions- never considered any other roles.

11/19/2008 9:56:27 AM

I feel it is important that vets be a source of free of discounted services for needy horses.

11/19/2008 9:56:23 AM

Source of information, support, and quality treatment for both equine & human.

11/19/2008 9:29:50 AM

The vet should stay current with new horse treatments and meds

11/19/2008 9:03:50 AM

They wouldn't be equine vets if they didn't care about horses.

11/19/2008 8:47:56 AM

Actually I believe all of the above are responsibilities of vets.

11/19/2008 8:13:49 AM

I would like vets to provide free services as they can but not required.

11/19/2008 8:06:39 AM

advocate, educator, free services for needy horses and reporting abuse is just basic humanity.

11/19/2008 7:55:04 AM

try to educate the horse owner on the care, maintenance, etc of the horse

11/19/2008 7:24:18 AM

they must speak up if clients' horses are neglected or not getting the care they need

11/19/2008 7:16:02 AM

Researcher for treatments and cures of diseases

11/19/2008 6:07:30 AM

A vet should NEVER support horse slaughter.

11/19/2008 5:14:07 AM

Provide owners information on proper horse care techniques

11/19/2008 1:33:35 AM

Overall welfare of the horse in partnership with owner

11/19/2008 1:32:42 AM

Knowledgable as possible concerning all horse related health issues,

11/19/2008 1:19:25 AM

Support equine welfare organizations enthusiastically

11/18/2008 11:56:25 PM

speak out against horse slaughter,promote responsible horse ownership

11/18/2008 11:54:33 PM

We are paying for the vet's knowledge, wish they were better educated in nutrition.

11/18/2008 11:41:52 PM

My vet us all the above and more. He also has an endless repertoire of anecdotes.

11/18/2008 11:27:58 PM

To know more about equine ethology studies/info

11/18/2008 10:40:29 PM

Keeping costs down to a minimun so owners can more afford upkeep.

11/18/2008 10:13:55 PM

All of the above.

11/18/2008 10:04:47 PM

healthcare

11/18/2008 10:04:46 PM

If possible, help by offering suggestions so the owner can do things themselves to save money.

11/18/2008 9:57:43 PM

Unique situations will require advice, etc. that doesn't fit into any of your choices.

11/18/2008 9:45:44 PM

Assisting owners in self tx of basic equine needs

11/18/2008 9:39:27 PM

vet is an agent of the owner to optimize horse health

11/18/2008 9:23:51 PM

the "business" of making money prevents many vets from doing what is "right" for horses and owners

11/18/2008 9:05:04 PM

All of the above!

11/18/2008 8:56:41 PM

a professional to provide rountine and emergancy care

11/18/2008 8:54:28 PM

Ally for owners, first best health professional for horses

11/18/2008 8:46:30 PM

Source of new therapy information for owners

11/18/2008 8:43:01 PM

leave the supplement products alone and practice real medicine

11/18/2008 8:28:14 PM

These are all things the MD does for human patient, I expect same from my vet.

11/18/2008 8:20:44 PM

anti-slaughter

11/18/2008 7:54:06 PM

i think that i an 8 year old kid should say that horses should be helping to and have a ansistint

11/18/2008 7:41:08 PM

my vet is dr trupin is great

11/18/2008 7:26:13 PM

I think I do a good job, but I expect my vet to be there to help me to protect my "pal" (dz, etc)

11/18/2008 7:18:24 PM

Helps me to learn what I can take care of and what I should bring in (that is getting less).

11/18/2008 7:17:51 PM

Work with the owner/trainer to plan a wellness program for each individual horse as to it's needs.

11/18/2008 7:12:41 PM

schedule saturdays as non emergency calls.

11/18/2008 7:05:14 PM

vet's won't report abuse, but I think they should be required to by law

11/18/2008 7:04:45 PM

All the above.

11/18/2008 6:49:16 PM

consult with owner for medical care, take over care when beyond owner's abilities

11/18/2008 6:39:04 PM

friend and resource for the ranch.

11/18/2008 6:38:47 PM

maintain horses health by coaching owner

11/18/2008 6:17:20 PM

With their education,I value their opinion over animal rescue advocates..education and maintenenc

11/18/2008 6:16:27 PM

The vet must speak to humans on behalf of horses, who can't speak for themselves.

11/18/2008 6:06:33 PM

The Vet is there as a paid specialist to do those things that the owner is not qualified to do.

11/18/2008 6:03:53 PM

All of the above

11/18/2008 5:57:32 PM

Display confidence-Be truthful even though it may "hurt"

11/18/2008 5:53:48 PM

help the horse, don't bankrupt the owner

11/18/2008 5:52:27 PM

Make sick horses better. Keep well horses well.

11/18/2008 5:49:28 PM

A vet is a partner with the owner in keeping the horse healthy. They are NOT GOD!

11/18/2008 5:36:24 PM

Advocate and educator

11/18/2008 5:23:14 PM

from A to Z, equine welfare, health and behavior, as well as advocating for the care & Feeding to th

11/18/2008 5:19:43 PM

All of the above!

11/18/2008 5:16:23 PM

Friend

11/18/2008 5:07:41 PM

One who will advise the best alternative/treatment.

11/18/2008 4:56:54 PM

All of the above. A vet should not turn a blind eye to neglect and to educate or report ignorance.

11/18/2008 4:56:41 PM

All of the above!

11/18/2008 4:55:29 PM

discount euthanzia if needed

11/18/2008 4:54:40 PM

I hope vets would donate services, but it's unfair to say it should be their role

11/18/2008 4:51:50 PM

How could you determine a need for discounted services, look at how people have abused welfare!

11/18/2008 4:45:28 PM

Partnership, education, support for owners--taking the TIME to explain illnesses, procedures, advice

11/18/2008 4:44:59 PM

a partner in the health and well being of the horse

11/18/2008 4:39:59 PM

Not all equine vets can provide all those services

11/18/2008 4:37:21 PM

Vets should be a wealth of info to all.

11/18/2008 4:36:46 PM

Taking care of the horses' needs humanely.

11/18/2008 4:33:26 PM

to euthanize my horse

11/18/2008 4:26:32 PM

Vets too need to remember their oath to do no harm.It is thier responsiblity to not utilize harmful

11/18/2008 4:09:47 PM

All of the above

11/18/2008 4:08:53 PM

Veterinarians have an obligation to commit themselves to the welfare of the animals they treat.

11/18/2008 4:08:33 PM

Primary care Team Member

11/18/2008 4:01:23 PM

I love it! It was just what i needed for my project!!

11/18/2008 4:00:18 PM

The call to the vet is always an important one. to some it is all they have.

11/18/2008 3:59:48 PM

Pre- purchase exams

11/18/2008 3:57:28 PM

provide first aid care beyond the abilities of the horse owner

11/18/2008 3:57:06 PM

Beware, drug/vaccine companies pay them to push their products on clients.

11/18/2008 3:55:02 PM

Our vets make suggestions & obversations for our horses welfare.

11/18/2008 3:50:13 PM

A vet should always have the horse's best interest in mind.

11/18/2008 3:45:43 PM

A good vet educates the owner on what is best for the horse, but doesn't have to do it for cheap...t

11/18/2008 3:39:03 PM

A good vet should also be able to access if a horse is suited to it's job/venue

11/18/2008 3:36:24 PM

He/She can also perform all the other listed things.

11/18/2008 3:30:04 PM

high priced vets also add to the neglect of horses ... too pricey

11/18/2008 3:07:36 PM

I think a vet should do what ever it take to treat and keep horses healthy

11/18/2008 3:03:03 PM

working together to find humane alternatives to slaughter

11/18/2008 3:01:35 PM

Just like human physicians, vets hold an ethical role in the welfare of the horse.

11/18/2008 3:01:19 PM

They should be the horses' voice since they canoot speak for themselves.

11/18/2008 2:36:00 PM

So many niave individuals end up with horses their vet can be a great source of information

11/18/2008 1:33:26 PM

Perhaps an animal welfare group should be involved in the above mentioned activiteies

11/18/2008 11:15:06 AM

All of the above, with the discounted/free services available only as the vet's finances allow

11/18/2008 10:54:06 AM

All of the above. Anyone who owns and/or loves horses would do. A professional MUST!

11/18/2008 10:31:34 AM

coordinates with registered non profit recuses

11/18/2008 10:08:05 AM

All of the above!

11/18/2008 9:25:24 AM

Vets are not 'demi gods', but some owners don't LISTEN to direction.

11/18/2008 9:24:24 AM

Vet's give owner's clarity. Owner's responsible for educating themselves.

11/18/2008 9:23:40 AM

Vets are the most educated they are responsible for many than collecting their fee

11/18/2008 9:05:18 AM