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Dr. Brett Weseli Honored by AAEP Good Works Campaign


2019/07/05


Dr. Weseli with Sweet Honey AA, a Darley winning Arabian mare
By Sally Baker AAEP, with contributions from Nancy Brannon, Mid-South Horse Review

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) commends Dr. Brett Weseli, the May honoree of the Good Works for Horses Campaign, whose volunteer efforts exposing children to horses and other animals are expanding knowledge and appreciation while helping to heal the human spirit.

Good Works for Horses honors AAEP-member practitioners who perform volunteer service to benefit horses and the equine community. Horse owners and veterinary professionals are encouraged to nominate AAEP members for this monthly recognition.

Owner of Veterinary Services, Inc., a predominately ambulatory equine practice in Columbus, Miss., Dr. Weseli has volunteered for the past four years at Camp Rising Sun, a weeklong camp for children from Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee who have been diagnosed with or are in remission from cancer. Dr. Weseli rolls into camp accompanied by mini horses, goats, and mini pigs from his home. The children get to feed, pet, and dote on the animals.

 “I love seeing the kids light up and get excited about interacting with the animals, especially considering they don’t get that opportunity very often,” said Dr. Weseli.

 In addition to Camp Rising Sun, Dr. Weseli has been involved with a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) horsemanship camp, leading demonstrations and educational programs for children ages nine to 13. Campers have learned the basics of horse care and when to call the veterinarian; watched Dr. Weseli perform routine horse dentistry; and participated in interactive horse anatomy lessons.

 “I like to volunteer with programs involving children because so many kids don’t grow up in a rural environment or on a farm anymore,” he said.

Dr. Weseli is currently offering advice on the restructuring of the Mississippi State University Equine Assisted Therapy Program, which is being reconstituted to combine therapeutic riding programs for children with disabilities and for veterans. He expects to help with program fund-raising in an expanded volunteer role.

In addition to his involvement with camps and therapeutic riding programs, Dr. Weseli in the past has donated time discussing pets and pet care in local schools; organizing low-cost vaccination clinics with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health; coordinating the applications of a couple of non-profit horse rescues for free core vaccines through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign; and assisting Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation volunteers with care and stabilization of injured deer, hawks, owls and other animals.

In a phone interview with the Mid-South Horse Review, Dr. Weseli said he graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. He handles horse care for “backyard horses” in the Columbus area, plus he travels a lot to horse shows and provides veterinary services at AERC-sanctioned endurance rides. He’s been helping at endurance rides for about three years. This July, he will be providing veterinary services at the Palomino World Show in Tunica, Miss.

Weseli also provides reproductive care and performance horse care for Arabian race horses at Allegro Arabians in Columbus. Joseph and Betty Gillis, owners of Allegro Arabians, have been the top owners and breeders in the U.S. for the last four years. Their horse Quick Sand AA won the Darley Horse of the Year award in 2018. Weseli said he traveled to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, June 15 for the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup. This is a Grade I race of 1 1/16 mile for Arabian four-year-olds and upward.

Find more information about Veterinary Services, Inc. on facebook at Veterinary Services, Inc.

Throughout 2019, the AAEP’s Good Works for Horses Campaign will spotlight AAEP-member practitioners whose volunteer efforts are improving the health and welfare of horses. To discover the Good Works of AAEP veterinarians or nominate a Good Works candidate, visit the AAEP website. For more information on nominating a veterinarian for this program, contact Sue Stivers at sstivers@aaep.org.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

Read more about Arabian Horse Racing:
At Arabian Horse Life at: https://www.arabianhorselife.com/single-post/2019/06/12/Arabian-Racing-Primer  
At Arabian Racing Cup: http://www.arabianracingcup.com
At the Arabian Jockey Club: https://www.arabianracing.org/
 
[Dr. Brett Weseli cell # 662 386-4351]

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