Celebrating 10 Years of Commitment

Veterinarians Helping Equine Rescues Care for Unwanted Horses
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10 Years of Commitment

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Celebrating 10 years of the nonprofit partnership between Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The UHVRC provides qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities with vaccines for horses in their care, to help protect against West Nile Virus, Eastern/Western encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rabies, Influenza, and Herpesvirus.


vaccinated to date...
and counting

andrea mena

Andrea Mena, Vice PresidentDrifter's Hearts of HopeFranktown, CO

“The vaccines that we receive from Merck Animal Health help us ensure the horses we adopt out are up-to-date on shots. It also gives credibility to our rescue that our horses are treated just like the top-quality horses you see at a show barn.”


rescue and retirement
facilities in 42 U.S. states



member veterinarian

laura pallavicini

Laura Pallavicini, Executive DirectorRiverwood Therapeutic Riding CenterTobaccoville, NC

“Our herd of horses are the most important animals in our lives. These horses provide so much support, guidance, strength and opportunities for empathy to our students, volunteers, staff and the public. We are deeply grateful that your team recognizes the need for centers, such as ours, to receive financial support to help in their care.”


applications received

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Success Stories

The UHVRC has touched the lives of thousands – human and horse alike. Learn about a few of the many success stories and share your own UHVRC story.

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Helping provide proper healthcare to rehabilitate, revitalize, and re-home America’s unwanted horses

Through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign, qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities can receive complimentary equine vaccines for horses in their care, protecting the horses' health and making them more adoptable.


Equine rescue and retirement facilities must work with an AAEP-member veterinarian to apply. 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 will qualify for the equine vaccines.

Individuals interested in learning more about the plight of the unwanted horse and ways to help may visit these resources.