As part of its commitment to serve the local community, Zoetis has sponsored South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) since its inception in 2010. SPAW is a charity that provides veterinary care and population control programs to animals living on islands in the South Pacific, where there is limited to no professional animal care available. The organization recruits veterinarians and veterinary nurses from New Zealand, Australia, and around the world to deliver free veterinary services to the islands of Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Samoa, and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
In addition to sponsorship, several Zoetis colleagues have volunteered throughout the years to provide health care in these countries where it is needed. So far, colleagues have provided a total of eight weeks of volunteer work.
The most recent trip a couple months ago was the most productive week ever recorded by SPAW. Under the leadership of Victoria Chapman, Veterinary Operations Manager, and Nicola Wilson, Infovet Product Manager, nearly 400 dogs and 10 cats were examined, treated or vaccinated with Zoetis products. Additionally, 200 surgeries, mostly spaying and neutering, were completed by three veterinarians and six veterinary nurses and assistants.