MADISON, N.J. — Feb. 1 2012 — Pfizer Animal Health announces the return of the FFA and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation Support Program and the addition of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Support Program. Since its inception in 2008, Pfizer Animal Health and its customers have contributed more than $3.6 million to local FFA chapters and veterinary student scholarship funds.
A portion of purchases from qualified Pfizer Animal Health cattle and equine products made between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2012, will be donated on behalf of local veterinarians and animal health suppliers to the local FFA chapter(s) of their choice, the AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund or the AAEP Foundation.
“Connecting FFA members with their local veterinarians is incredibly valuable in educating them about the animal health industry,” says Lori Randle, regional director, National FFA Foundation. “This program also provides local FFA chapters with funds for traveling to educational and leadership seminars. This has been an excellent program, and we look forward to continuing it.”
In previous years, more than 1,100 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealers across the country have participated in the FFA/AABP Foundation Support Program, which is part of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians™, an initiative supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investment in the future of the veterinary profession.
“The AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships will help ease some of the financial burdens recent graduates take with them into practice,” says M. Gatz Riddell Jr., DVM, executive vice president of AABP. “By targeting students with a proven interest in food animal practice, these scholarships allow more students to enter the field of their choice than ever before. These scholarships should also help address the need for more veterinarians in rural veterinary practice.”
John Mitchell, DVM, AAEP president says the addition of support for the AAEP Foundation will help deliver on the foundation’s core mission of improving opportunities for careers in equine medicine.
“Many new veterinarians face serious financial burdens from years of education,” Dr. Mitchell says. “In fact, this debt may unduly influence where they choose to practice and in what field. Providing scholarships to veterinary students helps ensure continued interest in equine veterinary practice.”
Support for the FFA as well as the AABP and AAEP Foundations helps promote the future of agriculture, states Julian Garcia, group director, U.S. Cattle and Equine Marketing, Pfizer Animal Health.
“Our support to all three organizations helps honor the assistance and encouragement many of our team members at Pfizer Animal Health received when they were students,” Garcia says. “Many of us at Pfizer Animal Health have been directly involved with these organizations, and now it’s our chance to work with our veterinary clinic, dealer and distributor partners to give back. In turn, we are supporting the next generation of our industry.”
For more information, or to enroll in the FFA/AABP/AAEP support program, call 866-611-2626, contact your local Pfizer Animal Health representative or visit www.pfizerperformancepays.com.
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.FFA.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalFFA), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalFFA) and FFA Nation (http://FFAnation.FFA.org).
About American Association of Bovine Practitioners
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.
About the AAEP Foundation
The AAEP Foundation, Inc. (www.aaepfoundation.org), a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1994 as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The AAEP Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse through support of research, education, benevolence and the equine community.Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated more than $2.2 million to support its mission.