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AAEP Foundation Renamed The Foundation for the Horse

The Foundation for the Horse website. Photo Courtesy American Association of Equine Practitioners

The AAEP Foundation, which for 25 years has served as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to improve the welfare of horses, has been renamed The Foundation for the Horse.

“Our new name more clearly defines who we are and who we serve,” said Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVSMR. Mitchell serves as chair of The Foundation for the Horse Advisory Council. “As we embark on our next quarter century under a new name, our mission remains steadfast and as relevant today as at inception. It is a mission that resonates with all who love and care about these noble animals.”

Established in 1994 by a gift from the estate of the late Halina Leonard of Chino, Calif., The Foundation has distributed more than $6 million in support of its mission. This total includes a cumulative disbursement of $1.4 million in 2018-2019, which is reflective of The Foundation’s growing influence and impact on horse welfare nationally and internationally.

The Foundation’s priorities are to support education through much-needed veterinary student scholarships and educational programs that improve the care of horses; equine research in pursuit of new treatments and cures that improve patient management and prognosis through exceptional science; and benevolence programs such as working equid welfare administered by “Equitarian” veterinarians, disaster preparedness training and relief efforts for horses in need, and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of horses at risk or in transition.

The Foundation is guided by an advisory council of equine industry advocates and seasoned veterinarians who share a compassion for the horse and its well-being. Gifts may be designated toward a specific Foundation program or to the area of greatest need.

For additional information about The Foundation for the Horse or to make a gift online, visit

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