ceptional resources of both infrastructure and highly trained specialists. The instruction of veterinary students and residents in equine medicine and surgery would be best accomplished in clinics situated in areas that have adequate populations of horses to ensure the large caseload needed for strong teaching and clinical-research programs.
Support from the USDA and from state legislatures is evaporating as the horse is generally not viewed as an agricultural animal, yet the equine industry is large, generates significant revenues, helps to maintain open space, and provides nearly half a million jobs annually. Support for research on equine health is equally problematic but critically needed for improved animal well-being and improved cures from diseases such as equine laminitis. Voluntary contributions from the public and from the equine industry may be the only way this unmet need can be addressed.