Veterinarians Organize Community West Nile Virus Vaccination Clinic for Horses in Larimer County

Local veterinarians and Colorado State University staff veterinarians have joined forces to organize a public vaccination clinic for Larimer County horse owners concerned about the West Nile virus.

The clinic will be conducted from 2-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland. No appointments are necessary as the clinic will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25 per horse for the initial vaccination, payable by cash or check only. For the second, booster vaccination, which is required three to four weeks later, horse owners will need to make arrangements with their local veterinarian. A second community clinic will not be organized for this purpose.

Space for the clinic has been arranged so that horses can be safely loaded and unloaded from trailers. All horses must be unloaded from trailers for vaccination and the client will be required to fill out a form including owner name, address and phone number as well as information about each horse to be vaccinated: age, sex, breed and name.

Local Larimer County veterinarians and veterinary students, staff and volunteers from the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins will staff the clinic.