The Veterinarian's Role

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

Advocate for the horse
Owner educator
Source of free or discounted services for needy horses
Reporter of abuse
Other (please explain below)

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to be continually educated, and willing to let go of outdated methodologies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


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


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


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