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Who We Are

Established in 1994 through the estate of the late Mrs. Halina Leonard of Chino, California, the AAEP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that improves the health and welfare of horses.  

It is the charitable giving arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Since its inception, the AAEP Foundation has awarded more than $5.4 million in grants and scholarships to fulfill its vital mission.

Today, the foundation awards between $500,000 and $800,000 each year to qualifying students, researchers, and nonprofit organizations to help horses in need.

Its foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of 12 equine veterinarians. It is financially supported by nearly 2,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations annually.