Second Veterinary Technician Champion of the Cause Award Winner Selected

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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), makers of Prascend® (pergolide mesylate), and EquiManagement magazine are pleased to announce the second Champion of the Cause Award winner, Claudia Cary Davidson, an equine veterinary technician at Fowlerville Veterinary Clinic in Fowlerville, Michigan. Davidson was nominated by Dean Gibbons, DVM.

Davidson 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 Champion 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 Claudia, who are innovative in their thinking regarding equine health.”

The Champion of the Cause Award program will continue in 2016 as an annual recognition of the important role veterinary technicians play in they every day health of horses.

About the Winner
Davidson, who graduated from the veterinary technician program at Michigan State University nearly 30 years ago, is the coordinator of the equine and farm animal department at Fowlerville Vet Clinic. She manages the daily schedule for six veterinarians, including farm calls, herd checks, blood work, health papers, drug inventory and client education. She is also actively involved in the industry outside of her daily work at the clinic.

Davidson said she was a typical horse-crazy child, and after high school she started riding dressage with a professional trainer. “I decided I was going to need an education to support the horses,” said Davidson. “Getting accepted at MSU for the vet tech program has allowed me to support myself and my horses, and introduced me to Standardbreds.”

She is an active leader in the 4-H Standardbred program, designed to educate youth and their families about Standardbred horses and the racing industry. Davidson is also a board member of the Fowlerville Fair and the Michigan trail group Friends of Lakeland Trails, and is involved in legislative committees with the Michigan Equine Partnership and Michigan Harness Horsemen Association.

Davidson said the best part of her job is helping the “horse owners become better caretakers and the horses to become better athletes.” She feels that client education is very important to the horse because better owners make better and healthier horses. Davidson said she also would like to learn more about managing the business of equine veterinary practice and acupuncture.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
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.

For more information please visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.

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