Zoetis Honors 2015 Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® Gala

Military Dog category sponsored by the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program™

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 21, 2015 – Zoetis proudly congratulates the 2015 recipients of the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™ presented by the American Humane Association (AHA). Dr. Annette Sysel of the Bauer Research Foundation and Julie Carlson of Vets for Vets’ Pets received the respective awards at AHA’s annual Hero Dog Awards gala held on September 19 in Beverly Hills, California. The AHA Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician Awards are sponsored exclusively by Zoetis.

“With unparalleled compassion, dedication and expertise, veterinarians and veterinary technicians are important stewards of the bond between our cherished pets and all of us who love them,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, group director, Companion Animal Marketing at Zoetis. “Zoetis is pleased to partner with AHA again this year to recognize the outstanding work of Dr. Sysel and Ms. Carlson and to celebrate the heroic contributions members of the veterinary profession make to the welfare of companion animals every day.”

All Hero Award winners and finalists will be recognized during a Hallmark Channel broadcast on Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. This marks the second year for the AHA Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards. A special blue ribbon panel of celebrities and renowned veterinary and animal care professionals reviewed the nominations. The public then voted online to select the ultimate winners. This year the Awards garnered more than twice the number of public votes received in 2014.

2015 AHA Hero Veterinarian Award Recipient

As president of the Bauer Research Foundation based in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Annette Sysel fosters the human-animal bond every day. She has personally answered more than 2,500 emails from concerned pet owners, educating them and working with them to navigate the unknown and fearful process of treating pet cancer. Additionally, Dr. Sysel has conducted research and published several studies to identify a novel biomarker in both canine and feline cancer to aid in diagnosis, treatment decisions and monitoring of disease. Because of her excellence in clinical practice and research along with her generosity as a resource to pet owners, Dr. Sysel receives the 2015 AHA Hero Veterinarian Award.

2015 AHA Hero Veterinary Technician Recipient

Julie Carlson founded Vets for Vets’ Pets after a chance meeting with a homeless veteran who saved his limited funds so he could take his German Shepherd Dog for veterinary exams and arthritis medication. Working with her partner Dr. Connie Anderson of Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Queen Creek, Arizona, Julie leads the more than 100 volunteers in gathering donations and sponsorships to provide medical care and other services for the pets of homeless and at-risk veterans. At the Arizona StandDown event each February, Julie and her volunteers also give away food, collars, beds and other pet supplies to the veterans in need. For her generosity and dedication to veterans and their pets, Julie Carlson is the 2015 AHA Hero Veterinary Technician Award recipient.

More information on this year’s Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician Award recipients is available at http://www.herovetawards.org/.

Rambo is the 2015 Military Dog Representative

Having served more than 600 missions as an explosives detection military working dog with the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) at the Corps’ air station in Cherry Point, N.C., Rambo, a German Shepherd Dog, represented the Military Dog category sponsored by the Zoetis RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program.

In 2012, Rambo received medical retirement from his U.S. Marine Corps duties because of a left shoulder injury. Later that year, his leg was amputated. Now living in Texas, Rambo is the mascot for Gizmo’s Gifts, an organization offering financial support to families who adopt retired working dogs. He is also a regular visitor at nursing homes, where he brings love and life to dementia patients, as well as at various other gatherings, where he brings hope to children with special needs.

“Rambo is a perfect example of why we developed the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program, and we are so proud he was the finalist in the Military Dog category,” said Steven Leder, senior vice president, Companion Animal and U.S. Distribution at Zoetis. “He served his country by protecting the lives of military and civilian personnel and, in retirement, he contributes to the welfare of his community as well as of other retired military working dogs. We commend Rambo’s accomplishments and are thrilled to have him as a member of the K-9 Courage Program.”

Learn more about Rambo and the other 2015 finalists at http://www.herodogawards.org/.

About the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program

Launched in January 2015, the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program provides veterinary medical support for retired military and police dogs. Through the program, Zoetis, the maker of RIMADYL® (carprofen), will help with annual healthcare costs for as many as 500 retired military and police dogs. Each recipient will receive $300 on a debit card annually that can be used for any services offered at their veterinary clinic such as wellness exams, vaccinations or grooming. More information on the program is available at www.rimadylk9courage.com.

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

About Zoetis

Zoetis (zô-EH-tis) 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 and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2014, the company generated annual revenues of $4.8 billion. With approximately 10,000 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2015, Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in 120 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

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