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Zoetis Congratulates the Winners of the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse Awards™

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 1, 2018 – Zoetis, a proud ongoing sponsor of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, recognizes and celebrates all of the winners – both four-legged and two-legged – honored at the awards’ eighth annual gala in Beverly Hills, California. Zoetis is especially pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse AwardsTM, Dr. David Chico and Tammy Boland. In addition to sponsoring these awards for the fifth year, Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis) is the Corporate Sponsor of the Hero Dog Awards.

“Veterinary professionals are the unsung heroes keeping our beloved pets happy and healthy behind-the-scenes,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing. “Both Dr. Chico and Tammy have raised the bar with their tireless, inspiring service and compassionate care for animals.”

2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian Award Recipient
Throughout his extraordinary career, David Chico, VMD, MPH of Albany, New York, has been committed to the betterment of the health and well-being of animals, fostering the important human-animal bond. Ten years ago, Dr. Chico created a free quarterly Pet Wellness Clinic in partnership with PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) to provide veterinary care to low-income, HIV+ pet owners. As part of his continued support, he answers emergency calls at all hours and makes house calls for those too ill to visit the clinic. Dr. Chico also volunteers with Animals Lebanon in Beirut, providing life-saving care to severely abused and neglected animals. He has worked tirelessly on animal cruelty cases in the U.S. as well, assisting with several large dog-fighting and neglect cases. Dr. Chico improves the lives of all those he touches, human and animal alike.

2018 American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse Award Recipient
Tammy Boland of Oceanport, New Jersey, has gone above-and-beyond her call of duty to save hundreds of dogs over the last 11 years, through her non-profit Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue. Tammy networks with some of the busiest shelters in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, where she pulls the most at-risk dogs: seniors, those with medical needs and pit bulls. Through her work, she has created a safe haven for dogs that have been neglected, abused or left behind, teaching them how to trust again after physical and emotional pain. Recently, she saved the “5 Minions” – pit bulls rescued from fighting – to see them play on the grass for the first time in their lives. In addition to her rescue and rehabilitation efforts, Tammy has worked as a veterinary nurse at an animal hospital for nearly two decades. Tammy’s guidance and life-saving work is inspiring and shaping the next generation of animal lovers and advocates.   

More information about this year’s American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse is available at www.herovetawards.org.

Sgt. Fieldy and K-9 Flash Represent Military and Law Enforcement/Arson Dog Categories
Since 2016, the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis Petcare has sponsored two Hero Dog categories — Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs and Military Dogs. 

Sgt. Fieldy, representing the Military Dog category, is an 11-year-old Black Lab who spent his career working for the U.S. Marine Corps as part of a specialized unit formed to combat the number one threat in Afghanistan: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). During his four tours of duty, Sgt. Fieldy worked tirelessly to detect explosives and found several IEDs and their components, which helped save countless lives. Since retiring from active duty in 2014, Sgt. Fieldy has been recognized for his bravery and courageous sacrifice multiple times, including being awarded the K-9 Medal of Courage on Capitol Hill in July 2016.

K-9 Flash, representing the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog category, is a 14-year-old German Shepherd mix who served as the first Narcotics K-9 on Patrol at the Yakima, Washington Police Department. A shelter rescue, she assisted two DEA Narcotics Task Force Teams, a Regional SWAT Team, and the Patrol Division throughout her career. K-9 Flash had more than 3,000 deployments with over 2,200 narcotics-related finds and seizures before her retirement in 2013. In 2016, K-9 Flash was the sole inspiration for the start of Project K-9 Hero, which provides heroes like her with medical assistance, food, and end-of-duty services. She now has her own children’s book and travels the nation visiting schools and inspiring children to become a police or military K-9 handler. To learn more about Sgt. Fieldy, K-9 Flash and the other finalists, visit www.herodogawards.org.

The Hallmark Channel will air a special broadcast to honor all of the Hero Awards finalists on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

About the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis Petcare
The K-9 Courage Program is a charitable healthcare donation program that provides financial and in-kind product donations that support the healthcare of retired police and military K-9s as well as service dogs currently in action. Program contributions help assure that these courageous and loyal dogs continue to live happy and healthy lives. The K-9 Courage Program provides the owner of each dog with $300 annually on a debit card that can be applied toward any veterinary expense ranging from wellness visits and vaccines to prescription medications and treats. More information is available at www.k-9courage.com.

About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2017, the company generated annual revenue of $5.3 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

For further information, Please contact:
Colleen White
Zoetis
973-822-7203
colleen.white@zoetis.com

Katelyn Kwiatkowski 
Coyne PR
973-588-2000
kkwiatkowski@coynepr.com