“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

That’s the FFA motto. It’s one that resonates with all of us at Zoetis.

Since 1928, FFA has supported aspiring agriculturalists. But FFA is more than a classroom activity. It’s a dynamic organization that provides its members with leadership development, career growth and personal success. We realize FFA’s impact firsthand because many Zoetis colleagues were FFA members, and we hope that today’s members are our co-workers in the future.

Zoetis is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the National FFA Foundation and a champion for agricultural education. Through both this national partnership and our FFA chapter Support Program, we help bolster the efforts of FFA’s 550,000 members across the U.S. — ensuring that the future of agriculture remains strong.

FFA has a strong history of helping students and their communities.

  • Provides agricultural education and hands-on experience to help students
    select and succeed in a career in agriculture
  • Creates future leaders through leadership development conferences and Career Development Events (CDE) competitions
  • Provides outreach programs that help nonfarm neighbors understand and appreciate the importance of agriculture in their lives
  • Makes neighbors aware of the many career opportunities in agriculture

By partnering with local veterinarians and animal health dealers and distributors, the annual Zoetis FFA chapter Support Program provides funds to thousands of local FFA chapters each year. Since 2008, more than $8.8 million has helped chapters purchase equipment on school farms and in the classroom, helped build new animal agriculture facilities for FFA chapters, fund leadership development events and class projects, secure blue jackets, send members to their first National FFA Convention and more.

Zoetis is also proud to sponsor and host National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) workshops at the National FFA Convention, providing support, insight and resources to the teachers who make a difference.

As a champion of veterinarians worldwide, Zoetis also sponsors the national Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE). This CDE, which was offered as a national contest for the first time in 2012, focuses on small- and large-animal veterinary medicine, training and then testing students’ knowledge on proper care and handling of animals. An exciting new step for FFA, the CDE is a great way to encourage many FFA members looking to pursue careers in veterinary medicine.

For more information, call 888-ZOETIS1 (888-963-8471).

Zoetis is proud to support FFA because it believes in the future of agriculture. In fact many of our employees are FFA alumni, with careers founded on their FFA experiences.

“FFA provided the confidence and skills I needed for my future career. There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t know someone from some activity related to FFA. FFA people really are the future of agriculture.” — Craig Dybedahl, senior territory manager, Zoetis, Colton, S.D.

“The skills and confidence I gained from FFA in Guthrie, Okla., were essential to my many satisfying life and career achievements. Partnering with Zoetis customers to invest in the future of FFA … you might call it giving back, but I call it paying it forward.” — Paul Parker, senior marketing manager, Zoetis

There are many blue corduroy threads in the tapestry of colleagues who comprise Zoetis. We know when it comes to leaders, “Blue” is actually golden.

FFA advisors and members share stories about how the FFA chapter Support Program has benefited their local chapters.

“We are using the donation to set up a scholarship fund for students who have spent three years in our agriculture program with at least a 3.0 grade point average in their agriculture courses, and at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average. We want to give every student the opportunity to extend their education, and Zoetis is helping us do that.” — Jim Orr, FFA advisor, Los Banos, Calif.

“The donation brought a ton of hope to our brand-new FFA chapter! We are so grateful for you and your support of agriculture education. These funds helped us by furnishing some FFA jackets and helping with travel to Career Development Events, such as livestock judging, meat judging and job interviews … just to name a few.” — Mandy Wiley, FFA member, Roundup, Mont.

At left, funds from the program help Graves County High School FFA maintain its animal facility on campus.

“Our chapter helps to house horses and various small animals, which allows students to learn how to manage and care for them. On average, 300 FFA members use the facility each year and share their knowledge with approximately 450 second grade students during two annual on-site events." — Richard Horn, FFA advisor, Mayfield, Kentucky.

Veterinarians and animal health dealers and distributors are welcome to help the Zoetis Industry Support Program benefit even more chapters. To participate in the spring, call 866-611-2626 or visit zoetisUS.com/industrysupport. FFA students and advisors, you can share this handout with your local veterinary clinic and animal health suppliers asking them to enroll in the Zoetis Industry Support Program this spring.