Dr. Julia Wilson combined her passions for equine health, teaching and international community service to co-found the Equitarian Initiative in partnership with Dr. Jay Merriam in 2010. This nonprofit organization provides opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students to improve the health and welfare of working equids through education of veterinary professionals and equid caregivers and hands on training in clinical skills. Veterinarians trained by Equitarian Initiative have started and support projects in multiple countries including Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. as well as on American Indian reservations in the United States. During the pandemic, Equitarian Initiative has developed online platforms for both equid owners and in-country veterinary students.