Champions of the Cause Announces First Award Winner

Credit: MARS Photo and Design The first Champion of the Cause Award winner Beth Berarov.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), makers of Prascend® (pergolide mesylate), and EquiManagement magazine announce Bethany Berarov, Carlton, Michigan, has been named the first Champion of the Cause Award winner. Berarov was nominated by James A. Romine, DVM, owner of Saline Veterinary Service in Saline, Michigan.

Berarov will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2015 American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT)/American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, a one-year membership to the AAEVT and a plaque commemorating her win.

The Champions of the Cause Award program was launched in mid-2015. BIVI, teamed up with EquiManagement and the AAEVT to recognize hard-working and often-unheralded equine veterinary technicians and assistants and their importance to the well-being of horses.

“Veterinary technicians and assistants are often the first ones seeing some of the more subtle signs of disease,” said Dr. John Tuttle, senior associate director for Equine Professional Services for BIVI. “We want to reward those veterinary technicians and assistants, like Bethany, who are innovative in their thinking regarding equine health.”

Nominations re-opened on July 1, 2015. Veterinarians can nominate technicians/assistants for the Champion of The Cause Award thru September 2, 2015. Visit for more information.

About the Winner

Berarov, 33, doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love animals, especially horses. She quickly determined hands-on animal care was her forte. Berarov is currently a veterinary assistant and practice manager for Saline Veterinary Service.

Romine said he nominated Berarov because she is an invaluable asset, both in the clinic and on the road. He said because of her ability and experience with horses, many client horses respond better to her than they do their owners. Romine added that Berarov also “pushes me to stay current.”

Berarov said she is excited to attend the AAEP/AAEVT Convention, and that her number-one interest is ultrasound, followed by endoscopy and cardiology.

When asked how it feels to be the first Champions of the Cause Award winner, she replied, “I’m beyond honored to be the first award winner.”

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is the fifth-largest animal health company in the U.S. and produces innovative vaccine and pharmaceutical products for the prevention and treatment of diseases in the swine, cattle, equine and companion animal markets. BIVI is the U.S. subsidiary of the global Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH. Our U.S. headquarters are located within the KC Animal Health Corridor in St. Joseph, Mo., with other locations in Ames, Fort Dodge and Sioux Center, Iowa.

With more than 3,600 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health achieved net sales of about 1.13 billion euros in 2014. In our research-driven Animal Health business, Boehringer Ingelheim continually invests more than 11% of net sales of the Animal Health business in R&D.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 146 affiliates and a total of more than 47,700 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

Social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects, such as the initiative “Making more Health” and caring for the employees. Respect, equal opportunities and reconciling career and family form the foundation of the mutual cooperation. In everything it does, the company focuses on environmental protection and sustainability.

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