The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) takes great pride in the exceptional veterinarians who serve at PATH Intl. Member Centers and the quality of life for the equines that partner with humans in equine-assisted services (EAS). PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2021 PATH Intl. Veterinarian Award in its 11 regions and the national award winner, sponsored by American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). We thank American Regent Animal Health for the way they have supported our centers and the equines that are at the heart of EAS.
In previous years, PATH Intl. has celebrated the region winners at regional conferences and the national winners at the PATH Intl. Conference awards luncheon. Although this year the national conference has been postponed, the winners of these awards deserve recognition of their achievements. PATH Intl. and American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m., offer their congratulations and accolades to these winners.
(PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are shown in italics.)
2021 PATH Intl. Regional Winners
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Christopher Weber, Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Bristol, CT
Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Jesslyn Bryk-Lucy, Therapeutic Riding at Centenary – TRAC, Hackettstown, NJ
Region 2 includes the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; and Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Lauren Taylor, Moonbeam and Miracles Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Greenville, NC
Region 3 includes the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
Veterinarian of the Year, Bluegrass Equine Podiatry, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Lexington, KY
Region 4 includes the following states: Indiana, Kentucky Michigan and Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Hugh Worsham, Chastain Horse Park, Atlanta, GA
Region 5 includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee; and Puerto Rico and Africa
Veterinarian of the Year, Fredonia Veterinarian Clinic, Heaven’s Gait Ranch, Inc., Cedar Grove, WI
Region 6 includes the following states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Region 7 – no picture available
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Kim Conover, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, NE
Region 7 includes the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. David Fazzino, Grace Lake Ministries, Inc., Anna, TX
Region 8 includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas; and Mexico, Central America and South America
Region 9 – no winner selected
Region 9 includes the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington state; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia
Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. JD Leclair, Hearts & Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO
Region 10 includes the following states Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Veterinarian of the Year, Creekside Veterinary Services, REINS California, Fallbrook, CA
Region 11 includes the following states: California, Hawaii and Nevada; and Asia and Pacific
Congratulations to the 2021 PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year Award Winners, and we will be excited to announce the National Veterinarian of the Year in October as we celebrate all the region winners.
Thank you as always to American Regent Animal Health/maker of Adequan® for their continued support and sponsorship of this award that recognizes the best veterinarians in equine-assisted services.
About PATH Intl.:
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted services (EAS) for individuals with special needs. At nearly 750 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, groundwork and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAS programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.
About American Regent Animal Health:
American Regent Animal Health, a division of American Regent, Inc., is committed to advancing animal health with proven FDA-approved products like Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). The company’s portfolio is anchored by the only FDA-approved polysulfated glycosaminoglycan products for horses and dogs, which have been relied on for nearly three decades by veterinarians. American Regent, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group Company, manufactures and distributes human and veterinary pharmaceutical products and is committed to providing the ever-changing U.S. healthcare marketplace with a growing and diversified American Regent portfolio. For more information on American Regent Animal Health, visit ARAnimalHealth.com or call 800-458-0163.
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Cher Smith, Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123
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