Jonathan Yardley, DVM, associate professor-clinical in Equine Community Practice at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the June honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) My Vet Rocks Contest, which celebrates the important relationship between veterinarian, owner and horse.

Dr. Yardley was among 75 veterinarians nominated by horse owners for the award during June. Also honored for their exemplary care were runners-up Dr. Kate Hodson, owner of Hodson Veterinary Services LLC in Hebron, Ind., and Dr. Bob Meyer, co-owner of Neuse River Equine Hospital in Wendell, N.C.

Patience, stall-side manner and commitment to client education were common themes among the 17 nomination letters received in support of Dr. Yardley. According to nominator Mindy Ridgeway, “Not only is he a compassionate and talented veterinarian, he is also a brilliant educator. … As an owner, it is such a valuable learning experience and he never misses an opportunity to educate as he rounds in the hospital and in the field. He is realistic, yet optimistic as he helps me achieve optimal health and long-term soundness for my horse.”

Aubrey Burwell added, “His teaching skills are just as great as his veterinary knowledge. His communication is top notch and … he keeps in mind owners’ financial ability without compromising patient care.”

Dr. Yardley manages the university’s general equine veterinary practice, where he provides a broad range of clinical care while also educating fourth-year veterinary students and interns.

“Sometimes, veterinary medicine can be a thankless job but it’s a great feeling to know that what you’re doing for clients and their animals is being received positively,” said Dr. Yardley, who received his veterinary degree in 2006 from Tufts University. “It gives me motivation to keep doing what I’m doing and to continue to practice the way I’m practicing. It’s pretty cool.”

Dr. Yardley received a prize package from the AAEP and contest sponsor American Regent Animal Health, manufacturer of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). In addition, he is now eligible to win the contest’s grand prize, which will be announced later this year in conjunction with the AAEP’s 66th Annual Convention. The grand-prize winner will be selected from each month’s winning entries.

The AAEP continues to encourage horse owners to submit a My Vet Rocks nomination on behalf of an AAEP-member veterinarian who is exceptional in his or her care of the horse. Nominations can be submitted through Aug. 31 at

For more information about the contest, contact Sally Baker, AAEP director of marketing and public relations, at (859) 233-0147 or

About AAEP
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.

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Publish Date

July 16, 2020

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