“Good works” are selfless acts of giving back to the horse, for the sake of the horse and people they serve. ~ American Association of Equine Professionals (AAEP)
Good Works for Horses, sponsored by AAEP Educational Partner Zoetis, honors AAEP-member practitioners whose volunteer efforts are having a positive impact on the equine community. Dr. Kellon was one of several AAEP-member veterinarians nominated for the award in June for her work with the ECIR Group Inc., and was chosen for recognition as a “Place” finalist.
As the recipient of this honor, Dr. Kellon is now eligible for the Good Works for Horses grand prize, which will be decided by AAEP judges and announced during the month of September. Voting continues through August. https://aaep.org/good-works-nomination
Over the 20 years that Dr. Kellon has been associated as lead volunteer with the ECIR Group, she has supported members in crisis on a daily basis. Her passion for the welfare of all equines, her knowledge of equine physiology, her willingness to patiently teach and her drive to continue to learn, her ability to cut through the noise, is a skill-set list second to none. All combine to provide support for caregivers during what is too regularly the very difficult experience of dealing with equine metabolic laminitis.
Upon receiving the news, Dr. Kellon remarked, “It’s an honor to be in the company of such wonderful veterinarians, but the work of ECIR is not only one person. There is an army of dedicated volunteers keeping this almost 10,000 member group working smoothly. Equally important are the members, owners, hoof professionals, and caretakers, who have gone out of their way to seek answers for their animals, contributing their data and sharing results so we can all move forward.”
Established in 1999, the nonprofit ECIR Group has nearly 10,000 international members. Here are but two reports among thousands from members providing evidence of how the equines in their care have been helped by Dr. Kellon.
- I was “in the dark” when my first horse had PPID about thirty years ago. I am not “in the dark” anymore. Now I have a highly IR mare that is thriving because of your knowledge and dedication to education. She would not be alive without you. My learning curve has been steep and it’s a good feeling to not feel “out of control”. Grateful every day!
- I knew there had to be a better way to manage this. I remembered reading an article in a magazine written by Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD. This is where I found the link to the ECIR group. Within 24 hours of joining, I received the ECIR protocol, had one-on-one help and access to the files. This is the advice that saved [my horse] and many others.
The ECIR Group Inc. Officers, Directors, Members and Supporters, thank AAEP/Zoetis for this opportunity to recognize Dr. Kellon for her service, and for the opportunity to share insights into her dedication to the horse.
About ECIR Group Inc.
Started in 1999, the ECIR Group is the largest field-trial database for PPID and EMS in the world and provides the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment information, in addition to dietary recommendations for horses with these conditions. Even universities do not and cannot compile and follow long term as many in-depth case histories of PPID/EMS horses as the ECIR Group.
In 2013 the Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity. Tax deductible contributions and grants support ongoing research, education, and awareness of Equine Cushing’s Disease/PPID and EMS.
THE MISSION of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians, and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately, and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse.
Contact: Nancy Collins