The Cape May County 4-H Spring Equine Health Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016. On this date, veterinarians and clinic volunteers travel throughout the county to farms and boarding stables, offering vaccinations to horses at a reduced fee. The clinic is open to all horse and pony owners in Cape May County.
These semi-annual equine health clinics, held each December and March, are cooperative endeavors between local veterinarians from South Jersey Equine Associates and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. They are coordinated under the direction of 4-H Volunteer Nancy Rothenbiller.
Dr. Beth Hirsch, lead clinic veterinarian, encourages owners to take advantage of this opportunity to properly vaccinate their horses. The Coggins blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia will also be available. A negative Coggins test is now required annually by the NJ 4-H Horse Program and at most equine events throughout New Jersey and the nation. The NJ 4-H Horse Program has also added Equine Herpes Virus to the list of required vaccinations for 2016.
Acting 4-H Agent Linda Horner praises this twice yearly partnership between South Jersey Equine Associates and 4-H volunteers. “We are fortunate that long time volunteers like Nancy and caring veterinarians like the ones at South Jersey Equine Associates step up to provide this important service to county residents. Volunteers are the heart of our 4-H Youth Development Program,” Horner explains. Other volunteers who assist in carrying out the clinic are Andrea Connor, Diane Perna, Darlene Norton, Marcie Hughes and Marge Rothenbiller. 4-H youth members Kristen Hughes and Tessa Wozunk also help with the clinic.
The deadline for registration is Friday, March 11, 2016. Please contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension, at 465-5115, ext. 605, for a registration packet if you are not on our mailing list.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
For additional information, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, at 465-5115, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit us at www.cmc4h.com
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County helps both youth and adults improve their knowledge and skills, enhance their quality of life, and resolve problems in areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development. This is accomplished through the use of science-based knowledge and university research. Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an education organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.
Contact: Linda Horner, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
Telephone: 465-5115, ext. 606
Date: February 18, 2016