Animal programs

Harmony Veterinary Services helps Animal Haven Sanctuary provide vaccines to horses in need

Submitted by Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

Harmony Veterinary Services has taken a stand on behalf of unwanted horses by participating in the Veterinary Rescue for Unwanted Horses campaign. As part of the outreach program, equine veterinarians help rescue and retirement centers provide health care to unwanted American horses.

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary in Friday Harbor directly benefited from the program. The facility, which cares for 15 horses, recently received basic equine vaccinations with support from Harmony Veterinary Services, a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Dr. Sandi Farris supported the Island Haven UHVRC’s request for vaccines to protect these horses against equine encephalomyelitis viruses, equine herpes viruses, equine influenza viruses, West Nile, tetanus and rabies.

“Tens of thousands of horses end their days unwanted or useless,” says Julie Duke. “Our equine rescue center depends on the generosity of our donors. Not only do we depend on them, but so do our horses. We would like to thank Harmony Veterinary Services for making a difference in the lives of so many of our horses. Having Dr. Sandi Farris on board in conjunction with the UHVRC is great news for horse welfare.


Established in December 2008 by Merck Animal Health and the AAEP, the UHVRC is committed to protecting the health of unwanted horses by donating equine vaccines to qualified equine rescue and retirement centers. Since January 2009, UHVRC has helped over 46,000 horses across the country.

Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities are required to work with an AAEP Member Veterinarian to complete and submit an Application, Facility Checklist and Equine Vaccine Order Form in order to receive free equine vaccines from Merck Animal Health.

Through this program, qualified Equine Rescue and Retirement Centers receive basic vaccines recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners to protect against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rabies, Tetanus and West Nile virus, as well as equine influenza and equine herpesvirus, which are important risk-based diseases.

Equine facilities that follow the AAEP Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities and have non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are qualified to receive UHVRC support. . To download an app and AAEP care guidelines or to learn more about UHVRC, visit: and

Since December 1, 2008, a portion of all Merck Animal Health equine vaccine sales have gone to support the UHVRC. To learn more about Merck Animal Health’s full line of innovative, high-quality equine health products, visit

About Island Haven Wildlife Sanctuary

Since 2015, we have provided lifelong care for equines and farm animals who, although capable of leading a quality life, cannot find homes due to disability or chronic or health-related illnesses. age. For more information visit

About Harmony Veterinary Services

Harmony Veterinary Services offers a variety of state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic modalities. Focusing on equine sports medicine, health issues, digital imaging, farrier consultations and pre-purchase evaluations in sport horses, we also enjoy providing quality professional care for beloved farm animals. . For more information, visit