The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is accepting entries for its Equitarian workshop trip awards. Practicing veterinarians attending the Equitarian Workshop in Vera Cruz, Mexico Oct. 10-14 are encouraged to apply.
The workshop is an opportunity for veterinarians from the U.S. and Mexico to meet and learn about the best ways to provide care for working horses, mules and donkeys. The workshop includes lectures by veterinary professionals with experience in delivering care in rural areas and field experience in farming communities.
"During the Equitarian workshop I couldn't help but be grateful for the opportunities we have in the states,” said Dr. Kristen Talbott, a participant in last year’s workshop. “I was amazed by how much the Mexican horsemen did with such limited supplies. They were gracious and eager to help their animals.”
Those interested should register for the workshop, complete an online application and submit a 500-1,000 word essay on ‘Why do you feel it is important for the veterinary profession to donate time and resources to help equines in need around the world, and what are your motivations to participate?’
A panel of judges will select the top 10 award winners based on the quality of the essays submitted. Entries can be submitted online through Sept. 5. The 10 winners will receive a $500 travel stipend to attend the Equitarian workshop.
The HSVMA is working with other sponsors including the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Universidad National Autónoma de México and the Donkey Sanctuary to support the workshop.
Click here to access the online form.