Nebraska Veterinary Services and Pfizer Animal Health donate $9,429 to Nebraska FFA Chapters
More than $3.6 million donated nationally through program since 2008
MADISON, N.J. — Jan. 23, 2012 — Nebraska Veterinary Services partnered with Pfizer Animal Health to contribute $ 9,429 adding support and resources to eastern Nebraska FFA students.
“Many of us belonged to FFA, so it is important for us to provide high school students who have an interest in agriculture an opportunity for additional training in high school,” says David Gnad, DVM, Nebraska Veterinary Services. “We hope that it will help stimulate the community and encourage students to come back and remain in agriculture after high school or college.”
From locations in Howells, Wisner and West Point, Nebraska Veterinary Services contributed through the Pfizer Animal Health FFA Support Program. Participating veterinarians directed funds from a portion of their purchases of select Pfizer Animal Health cattle products to their choice of any local FFA chapter(s) or the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in 2008, more than $3.6 million has been donated through the FFA/ AABP Foundation Support Program nationwide.
“We have a responsibility and commitment to give back to the communities that we service,” Dr. Gnad says. “The Pfizer Animal Health program fits very well with that commitment and allows us to do that.”
The West Point-Beemer FFA Chapter received a portion of the funds and will use the donation to cover travel expenses for national leadership events, including the National FFA Convention and the Washington Leadership Conference. The chapter adviser says the donation has helped the chapter expand its membership.
“Nebraska Veterinary Services and Pfizer Animal Health have helped us to get more out of our own fundraising dollars and removed the burden from parents to send students to national events,” says Lee Schroeder, West Point-Beemer FFA Chapter adviser. “In just two years, we’ve grown the chapter from 11 students up to 80. Before, we were concerned about keeping the ag program alive, but now we are more concerned with having enough room for all of the students.”
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