New PATH Intl. Equine Caretaker of the Year Award Sponsored by Zoetis

Zoetis is proud to celebrate staff and volunteers who care for PATH Intl. Member Center equines with new award now open for nominations.  

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (November 15, 2022) – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Member Center staff and volunteers are known for going above and beyond in the care they provide to the horses, ponies, miniature horses, mules and donkeys that serve in equine-assisted services. Zoetis, the Official Equine Health and Wellness Partner of PATH Intl., is proud to celebrate the devotion of these individuals to outstanding care through the newly created PATH Intl. Equine Caretaker of the Year Award. Regional awards and one national award will be presented in 2023. 

The PATH Intl. Equine Caretaker of the Year Award is intended to recognize Member Center volunteers or staff who went above and beyond to care for Member Center equines in 2022. This award highlights those who work consistently to ensure that deserving PATH Intl. equines thrive through outstanding care that includes barn chores, feeding, grooming, medicating, first aid, hand-walking/other rehabilitation activities, assisting the veterinarian or farrier, night check, etc.  

“The team at Zoetis is inspired by PATH Intl. Member Center staff and volunteers who work every day to care for the horses who make equine-assisted services possible,” said Jessica Normand, Senior Marketing Manager, Equine Pharmaceuticals and Brand for Zoetis. “The mission of Zoetis Equine is to help ensure the best-possible care of the horses who make our lives better. The equines serving in PATH Intl. Member Centers are a prime example of how human lives are unquestionably improved by these incredible animals.”  Jessica Normand is also a Trustee of PATH Intl. 

“We are thrilled to recognize the tireless hours our Member Center staff and volunteers spend providing outstanding care to their most important team members — their equines,” said Kathy Alm, Chief Executive Officer, PATH Intl. “We are delighted to have Zoetis sponsor this new award to highlight our Member Centers’ commitment to helping equines live their best lives.” 

Nominations are open now through 11:59 p.m. MT on December 26, 2022, for Region 7 and until January 9, 2023, for all other regions. PATH Intl. Member Centers are encouraged to submit your nomination forms to awards@pathintl.org or complete the application online.

About PATH Intl.: 

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969. Its mission is to lead the advancement of professional equine-assisted services (EAS) by supporting its members and stakeholders through rigorously developed standards, credentialing and education, with the vision to ensure universal recognition of professional EAS and the transformative impacts that enrich lives. In 2020, at 813 Member Centers, nearly 53,399 children and adults, including more than 5,900 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at PATH Intl. Member Centers may include therapeutic riding, driving and interactive vaulting; physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, recreational therapy and psychotherapy/counseling all involving horses; and trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAS programs. There are nearly 50,000 volunteers, 5,424 certified professionals, 6,781 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers. 

About Zoetis 

As the world’s leading animal health company, Zoetis is driven by a singular purpose: to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals. After 70 years of innovating ways to predict, prevent, detect and treat animal illness, Zoetis continues to stand by those raising and caring for animals worldwide, from livestock farmers to veterinarians and pet owners. The company’s leading portfolio and pipeline of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and technologies make a difference in over 100 countries. A Fortune 500 company, Zoetis generated revenue of $7.8 billion in 2021 with approximately 12,100 employees.  

The Zoetis Equine division is committed to providing horse care you can count on. Our team includes numerous equine veterinarians and other experts who are inspired daily by the opportunity and profound responsibility to support horses, the owners who love them and the equine veterinarians and other care team members who safeguard their well-being every day. Whether at the clinic or in the field, Zoetis is always by your side with a comprehensive, innovative portfolio of equine products and services at every step of a horse’s care and throughout the journey of a horse’s life. Visit zoetisequine.com to learn more. 

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Jessica Normand
Zoetis Equine
973-443-2907
jessica.normand@zoetis.com

Kelsey Gunderson
Colle McVoy
612-305-6131
kelsey.gunderson@collemcvoy.com

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