50th Anniversary Committee has chosen Richard J. Forfa
, of Beallsville, Md., as the My Vet Matters Contest honoree for the month of August.Dr. Forfa, who practices at Monocacy Equine Veterinary Associates of Beallsville, was nominated by Kathy Schwartz of Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md.
...In her winning nomination, Ms. Schwartz states that of all the individuals who contribute their resources to the organization, its senior veterinarian, Dr. Forfa, makes a particularly significant impact on the lives of the rescued horses.
An emergency call five years ago involving a starved mare with a newborn exhibiting "dummy foal syndrome" brought out Dr. Forfa
, and through his
patience, thoroughness and exemplary care, the foal was saved and eventually became a healthy mare and an accomplished jumper.
Over the years, Dr. Forfa
has treated hundreds of abused and neglected horses, many suffering from severe medical conditions.Although impounded horses arrive at all hours of the day and night, Dr. Forfa
always responds immediately when called upon, rain or shine.With a dedication that is described as consistently "beyond the norm," Dr. Forfa
has traveled long distances at his
own expense to testify at court hearings to support the impounding of abused animals, committed his
duty to do what is necessary and right on behalf of a mistreated animal.He
also encourages young people to purse career in veterinary medicine and donates proceeds from equine educational seminars that he
conducts to various horse rescues. Dr. Forfa graduated from Purdue University and has been an AAEP member since 1986.