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Veterinarian holds horse health clinic for 4H Club

March 17, 2017 GMT

NEEDLES — Young riders in the Desert Gallopers 4-H Club received a boost when William Dean DVM, of North Valley Animal Hospital, put on a clinic for their mounts.

The Desert Gallopers have 15 members from Needles and Mohave Valley.

The doctor and three nurses attended the clinic at Triple Farms in Mohave Valley, examining 17 horses in about five hours. Certificates were issued for coggins testing, a blood test for infectious equine anemia; and a general health exam. Both are needed to take livestock across state lines, such as the horse shows, gymkhanas, English and Western riding competitions the Desert Gallopers compete in.

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Kim Willis, horse director for the local 4H chapter, pointed out that, “Getting the proper paperwork can be expensive and is only good for one year. Our club did fundraising and was given a generous donation from the Needles Rodeo Association to be able to pay for the health check, health certificate and coggins test for each member. Dr. Dean even discounted his fees and waived his farm call fee.”

The 4H motto, she continued, is “Learning by Doing,” and having a hands-on clinic with a veterinarian teaching the youngsters about horse health was a great learning experience.

Located at 1440 E. Hammer Rd. in Fort Mohave, North Valley Animal Hospital looks after the health of pets and a variety of livestock. Call the hospital at 928-768-8387.