February 28, 2014–Zoetis announces the return of its Industry Support Program for youth involved in agriculture and veterinary medicine. For the sixth year, Zoetis is partnering with veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealer customers to support students through FFA, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. Since its inception in 2008, this program has donated more than $5.9 million.
Through April 30, 2014, a portion of funds from eligible purchases of Zoetis cattle and equine products will be directed to local FFA chapters and/or veterinary student scholarships through the AABP and AAEP foundations on behalf of local veterinarians and animal health suppliers.
In previous years, more than 1,000 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealer customers from across the country have participated in the program. FFA chapters and veterinary students continue to benefit each year from the support of these organizations.
In 2013, the Canton, Pa., FFA chapter received a donation from its local veterinary clinic, Troy Veterinary Clinic, through the cooperative efforts of the Zoetis program.
?Our chapter is very appreciative of all the support offered by Troy Vet Clinic in helping to be able to maintain a successful agricultural program,? said Tom Hojnowski, Canton FFA advisor. ?Troy Vet Clinic has been a great supporter of the Canton chapter through their participation in county livestock events, visits to our classroom, administration of exams in production agriculture and hosting visits to their clinic.?
For former veterinary student scholarship winner Dr. Megan Hays, who earned her degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, this support means a continued commitment to the future of veterinarians.
?This program provides an opportunity to give back to the upcoming generations of veterinarians,? Dr. Hays said. ?By providing mentorship, hands-on training and scholarship opportunities for student veterinarians, practicing veterinarians and organizations show that they are interested in and dedicated to building a strong network of veterinarians with the knowledge, opportunity and leadership capabilities necessary to continue the growth of our field of work.?
The Industry Support Program and donations are possible only because of the generosity of customers, said Rob Kelly, vice president, U.S. Cattle and Equine Operations, Zoetis.
?Last year, our customers helped contribute $1.2 million to more than 1,800 local FFA chapters across the country and AABP and AAEP veterinary student scholarships,? Kelly said. ?We’re thankful for the continued support and the important work these organizations do to prepare young people for a future in American agriculture.?
For more information on how to enroll in the 2014 Industry Support Program, call 866-611-2626, contact your local Zoetis representative or visit zoetisUS.com/industrysupport.
Support of FFA and the AABP and AAEP foundations is a component of Commitment to Veterinarians?, a Zoetis initiative supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investing in the future of the veterinary profession.
Zoetis (z?-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 28 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.
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