United States

Hereford Veterinary Clinic and Pfizer Animal Health Partner to Donate $3,691 to Local FFA Chapter

More Than $2.38 Million Donated Nationally Through the Program Since 2008

NEW YORK — November 12, 2010 — This spring, the Hereford Veterinary Clinic in Hereford, Texas, contributed more than $3,600 to their local FFA chapter.

Nearly everyone at our clinic has been an FFA member at some point,‖ says Chris Blair, office manager for the Hereford Veterinary Clinic. ―I think FFA really gives kids an opportunity to be involved and go on to college with scholarship they earn through the organization. Where we live is the beef capital and agriculture is central to what we do every day.‖

This spring alone, Pfizer Animal Health and its retail partners across the country contributed more than $830,000 to help support FFA programs and fund American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation/Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarships. Since its inception in 2008, the total amount donated through the Pfizer Animal Health FFA/AABP support program is more than $2.38 million.

Hereford Veterinary Clinic owners Steve Lewis, DVM, and Mike Mimms, DVM, designated the contributions go directly to the Hereford FFA chapter, which used the funds to help support travel to FFA competitions and conferences. In addition, the chapter has implemented livestock production and veterinary medical applications classes to help provide basic education on reproduction and livestock care.

I have never seen so much support—from Hereford Veterinary Clinic and the whole community – in my entire career,‖ says Patrick Kamm, adviser of the Hereford FFA chapter. ―It’s pretty wonderful to see how the community cares about the kids. As a direct result of the support we’ve received, we’ve been able to increase our membership, and the positive impact on one child has a ripple effect throughout the community.‖

More than 1,100 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealers from across the country participated in the program, which offered a rebate on Pfizer Animal Health cattle products purchased during the first part of 2010. Participating partners were able to direct the funds to any local FFA chapter or the AABP Foundation/Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarship Program.

The program 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. 
 
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.

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Becky Lambert
Pfizer Animal Health
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rebecca.lambert@pfizer.com

Jennifer Ryan
Bader Rutter
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