In this edition of Brooke USA On The Road, we'll discuss equine health and wellness. Podcast host Julianne Neal speaks with Brooke USA Board member Lisa Bair, and Prisma Imaging CEO, Michael Silver, about equine care for working horses, donkeys and mules and the funding partnership between Prisma Imaging and Brooke USA. The second half of the episode includes a conversation with Board Member Julia Wilson, DVM, and farrier Jeff Pauley about the lack of farrier and veterinary services in the developing world and the initiatives in place to combat these issues through Brooke USA's funded projects.
Lisa Bair started as an Account Executive for Grey Healthcare Group in NYC and in 2003, she opened her own healthcare advertising agency, The Hobart Group. Competing in equestrian events led her to Wellington, where she incorporated Quantuvis, a Healthcare IT company.
Michael Silver has over 30 years of entrepreneurial and institutional experience. Prior to founding Prisma Imaging, LLC, he founded and successfully divested a business in the consumer products industry. He has held a variety of positions in finance and operations at a diversified portfolio of both public and private companies. He is passionate about equine care and promoting more humane treatment of all animals.
Dr. Julia Wilson is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Population Medicine and Division Head of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is the co-founder of the Equitarian Initiative. She is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine and organized the annual Equitarian Project in Honduras in partnership with World Horse Welfare.
Jeff Pauley has served as the U.S. team farrier for World Equestrian Games as well as for the U.S. endurance team in 2018. He also travels as a clinician for Delta Mustad. Besides these engagements, his diverse private practice spans Florida and the Carolinas.
The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. This is accomplished through a holistic approach to funding which includes capacity building, sustainability programming, female empowerment and international advocacy. Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy, now and in the long-term, which also benefits the poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living. For more information visit www.BrookeUSA.org.
To learn more about podcast host Julianne and her partner Bruce Anderson, visit www.naturesview.us or tune in to "Whinny Tales: Horse Stories, Pony Legends and Unicorn Yarns," the official podcast of The Marley Project, an equine and arts-based 501 (c)(3). The Edge, a documentary about their work, is available on The EQUUS Film Channel and on their website at http://www.naturesview.us.