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AAEP Foundation allots over $700,000 for equine welfare projects

August, 29th 2018

The AAEP Foundation has approved 2018 funding of $701,723 for 28 equine organizations, projects and programs committed to the Foundation’s mission of improving the health and welfare of horses.

The Foundation Advisory Council at its summer meeting selected recipients from a group of applications and ongoing projects seeking continued Foundation support. These recommendations were ratified by the AAEP board of directors. 

Scholarship support to help financially stabilize students’ transition into practice received the lion’s share of proceeds with funding of 49 scholarships for $340,000. The disbursement also includes support for a record 10 Equitarian (working equid) programs.

Less than a year after hurricanes and wildfires inflicted a considerable physical and emotional toll on humans and animals in the U.S. and Caribbean, disaster training and preparation are spotlighted with funding of a pair of training programs at veterinary schools to include veterinarians, students, first responders and horse owners; and an equine disaster planning session for veterinarian leaders and industry stakeholders, likely to be hosted in 2019.

Among new programs receiving support are the recently launched Equine Welfare Data Collective, a collaborative effort to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk horses; development of iBooks at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine; and development of up to four $20,000 first-time faculty awards for research projects.

Congratulations to the following recipients (by mission category):


Equine Advocacy/Unwanted Horses
     Equine Welfare Data Collective
     Unwanted Horse Coalition/Operation Gelding Program

Equitarian (Working Equid) Programs
     Equitarian Projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and South Dakota
     Equitarian Young Leader Development Scholarships
     Fast Horse Seminar and Herder Training in Mongolia
     Veterinary Agent Training in Haiti
     Working Equid Owner Education Program

Disaster Preparedness & Relief
     Equine Disaster Planning Session
     Louisiana Tech University Foundation Disaster Preparation Training
     University of California, Davis, Veterinary Emergency Response Team Disaster Preparation Training

Equine Research

Research Awards & Projects
     AAEP Past Presidents’ Research Fellow
     EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow
     First-time faculty awards for research projects


Programs & Projects
     World Equine Veterinary Association Congress
     University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine iBooks development
     Equine Veterinary Student Educational Programs:
          AAEP Annual Convention student programs
          Focus on Students summer programs
          Student chapter Essential Skills Workshops
          Student chapter activities

Equine Veterinary Student Scholarships
     AVMA Congressional Fellowship Program
     Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarships
     Merck Animal Health Scholarships
     Northwestern Pennsylvania VMA Equine Symposium Scholarships
     Oakwood Charitable Trust Scholarships
     Winner’s Circle Scholarships (in partnership with the Race for Education, Platinum Performance & AAEP Foundation)
     Zoetis Scholarships

For more information about the AAEP Foundation’s effect on horse welfare, visit and click the “Our Impact” link.

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 distributed more than $5.4 million to support its mission.