Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Equine Sanctuary/Vet team up to help unwanted horse

For Immediate Release

Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary
PO Box 2260
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Contact: Christine Smith

Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic Demonstrates Commitment to Unwanted Horses
Local veterinarian teams up with Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary to provide vaccines for horses in need

Spotsylvania, VA (June 22, 2009) — Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic, Locust Grove, VA, has taken a stand in support of unwanted horses by participating in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC). As part of the outreach program, equine veterinarians help rescue and retirement facilities provide healthcare for America’s unwanted horses.

Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (TREES) in Spotsylvania has directly benefited from the program. The facility, which provides care for neglected, abandoned and unwanted senior horses, recently received core equine vaccines thanks to the support of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)-member Amanda Blanton, DVM. Dr. Blanton supported TREE’s UHVRC application to obtain vaccines to protect these horses against rabies, Potomac Horse Fever, Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, and West Nile Virus.

“Tens of thousands of horses end their days unwanted or unneeded,” says Christine Smith. “The horses in our sanctuary rely on the generosity of our supporters. We want to thank the Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic for making a difference in the lives of our residents. Having Dr. Blanton on board in conjunction with the UHVRC is fantastic news for equine welfare.”

About the UHVRC
Established in December 2008 by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the AAEP, the UHVRC is committed to protecting the health of unwanted horses by donating equine vaccines to qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities. Since January, the UHVRC has aided more than 1,400 horses across the country.

Equine rescue and retirement facilities are required to work with an AAEP-member veterinarian to complete and submit an application, the facilities checklist and the equine vaccine order form to receive complimentary Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health equine vaccines.

Three of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s equine vaccines are available through the UHVRC program: PreveNile® West Nile virus vaccine; EquiRab™ rabies vaccine; and Prestige® V (KY93, KY02 and NM2/93 flu strains, EHV-1, EHV-4, EEE, WEE and tetanus).

Equine facilities that follow the AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities and have a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are qualified to receive support from the UHVRC. To download an application and the AAEP Care Guidelines or to learn more about the UHVRC visit: www.UHVRC.org.

Since Dec.1, 2008, a portion of all Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health equine vaccine sales has gone to support the UHVRC. To learn more about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s full line of innovative, high-quality, equine-health products, visit www.intervetusa.com.

About Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary
Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary specializes in caring for elder horses that have been neglected or abandoned or whose owners have experienced catastrophic changes in their personal lives. Though the horses at TREES are available for adoption, many require specialized care and remain at the sanctuary for the remainder of their lives. In caring for its special residents, TREES often develops customized management techniques which are made available to the public via the sanctuary’s web site at http://www.equineelders.org and its Blog at http://www.equineelders.blogspot.com , and through information booths at community events.

About AAEP
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

About Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is a leader in research and dedicated to the development, production and marketing of innovative, high-quality animal-health products for all major farm and companion animal species. For more information about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health visit: www.intervetusa.com.

PreveNile, Prestige and EquiRab are property of Intervet International B.V. or affiliated companies or licensors and are protected by copyrights, trademark and other intellectual property laws. Copyright © 2009 Intervet International B.V. All rights reserved.

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