Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign

Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have developed the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC), a non-profit program that will provide equine vaccines to qualified equine rescue and retirement facilities across the United States.



Through the UHVRC, Merck Animal Health will donate equine vaccines to qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities to provide healthcare so they can rehabilitate, revitalize and, ultimately, re-home America’s unwanted horses.


Equine rescue and retirement facilities will be selected to receive complimentary equine vaccines based on the completed application, compliance with the AAEP Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, their need, the potential impact on horses’ lives and the professional manner in which the facility is managed.


How to get involved

AAEP-member veterinarians can work with equine rescue and retirement facilities to receive complimentary Merck Animal Health equine vaccines. The AAEP-member veterinarian and equine rescue and retirement facility work together to submit an application, the facilities checklist and the equine vaccine order form. Only 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 program. Equine rescue and retirement facilities or veterinarians can download an application form, the AAEP Care Guidelines, and learn more atwww.UHVRC.org.


 Three of Merck Animal Health's equine vaccines are available through the UHVRC program: West Nile Virus vaccine; EquiRab™ rabies vaccine; and Prestige® V (KY93, KY02 and NM2/93 Flu Strains, EHV-1, EHV-4, EEE, WEE and Tetanus).




A portion of all Merck Animal Health equine vaccine sales will support the program. There are two application periods per year. The spring deadline is February 1 and the fall deadline is August 1. Applicants may only apply once a year.

Please give the office a call if you are interested in this program.