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August 26, 2013

AAEP Foundation Allocates More Than $316,000 in Support of Programs Benefiting the Welfare of the Horse

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has approved 2013 funding of $316,298 for 25 equine organizations and special projects committed to improving the welfare of the horse.

The Foundation Advisory Committee selected recipients from a group of new applications and ongoing projects seeking continued Foundation funding during its summer meeting in Lexington, Ky. 

Among the initiatives receiving support are Equitarian workshops, student veterinary scholarships, important equine research, unwanted horse programs, and professional and youth development. New initiatives to receive funding include an October 2013 Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy Summit, the AAEP’s National Equine Health Plan Task Force and its efforts to develop an Equine Disease Communication Center, and additional support for laminitis research.  

Congratulations to the following recipients (by category): 

Disease Mitigation 

  • Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Summit at United States Animal Health Association
  • AAEP’s National Equine Health Plan (NEHP) Task Force and efforts to develop an Equine Disease Communication Center 

Equine Advocacy/Unwanted Horses

  • American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation’s Congressional Fellowship Program
  • Unwanted Horse Coalition
  • Operation Gelding Program 

Equine Research

  • AAEP Foundation’s Laminitis Research Project
  • Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Equine Research Coordination Group
  • AAEP Past Presidents’ Research Fellow
  • EQUUS Foundation/AAEP Foundation Research Fellows

 Equitarian Initiatives

  • Equitarian Workshop in Mexico
  • Equitarian Workshop in Costa Rica
  • Fast Horses Seminar in Mongolia
  • Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

 Professional Development

  •  World Equine Veterinary Association (Congress and Intermediate meetings)

 Scholarships and Veterinary Student Development

  • The Race For Education/Platinum Performance/AAEP Foundation Winner’s Circle Scholarships
  • Markel/AAEP Foundation Scholarships
  • Zoetis/AAEP Foundation Scholarships

AAEP Student Member Programs: 

  • Educational meeting support at AAEP Annual Convention and summer Focus meeting
  • Equine Dentistry, Veterinarian/Farrier and Horse Handling Short Courses
  • Student chapter activities
  • AAEP Annual Convention travel support stipends

 Youth Development in the Equine Community

  • National FFA 2014 Student Career Workshops  

To learn more about programs receiving financial support from the AAEP Foundation, visitwww.aaep.org/foundation_where_dollars_go.htm. For more information about the AAEP Foundation and its grant program, visit www.aaepfoundation.org

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated more than $2.8 million to support its mission.