Volunteering with the Equitarian Initiative

Equitarian Initiative is a non-profit organization established by equine veterinarians to sustainably improve working equid health by harnessing the passion and expertise of volunteer veterinarians. This is a group of veterinarians and caregivers looking to provide education, leadership and assistance to the working equid and by extension their families. It is estimated that there are 100 million working equids in the developing world. A working equid is defined as a horse, mule or donkey that is used primarily for family income, agriculture and/or transportation. This is a North American veterinary organization with the majority of its efforts focused in Central America.  Their motto is “veterinarians helping working equids around the world”.

A passion for travel, the desire to give back to worthwhile, grassroots organizations and the hope that she can play a role in the groups desire to establish a small animal team on future trips, has lead Dr. Elaine Klemmensen to offer her help on the EIs upcoming trip to Costa Rica this January 2017.  She is excited to be part of this organization as it's mandate is to help improve the health of the local equine population and by doing so also improve the economy and quality of life of the local people.  "The humanitarian side of this initiative really appeals to me, as well as the chance to get back to the basics of veterinary medicine where vaccination and prevention and treatment of routine diseases can have such a huge impact".