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MSPCA At Nevins Farm Launches EEE Vaccination Program For Low-Income Horse Owners

Sep 10, 2019 05:07AM

All adoptable horses at Nevins Farm have been vaccinated for EEE - and the team will be boostering those whose last shot was more than 6 mos ago (credit MSPCA-Angell)

Seven horses and four humans in Massachusetts have so far tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen—which is regularly home to dozens of horses awaiting adoption—has launched an emergency vaccination clinic for any and all horses across the Merrimack Valley whose owners cannot afford to administer the West Nile Innovator vaccine.
 
The MSPCA will send its equine and farm animal program team, along with a veterinarian, to vaccinate horses that have either not been vaccinated or were vaccinated more than six months ago, in which case a booster will be administered.  To qualify, horse owners are asked to complete a short online survey.  A member of the MSPCA’s Equine Assistance Program will then be in touch to schedule the vaccinations, which are expected to begin Tuesday, Sept. 3 and continue into next week.
 
The MSPCA is asking that all other horse owners to consult immediately with their veterinarians to determine when and how to vaccinate their horses.
 
All adoptable horses at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm are vaccinated upon intake, so they are protected against the virus.  The EEE vaccine is considered extremely safe, with a low rate of reaction (3-4 in 10,000 horses vaccinated) and a high rate of efficacy. 
 
The program is limited to the Merrimack Valley for now, but the MSPCA will look to expand its services to horse owners outside the valley based on need and available resources.
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