Building on Zoetis’ purpose to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals, Zoetis Inc. (“Zoetis”) has committed an initial $35 million over five years to the Zoetis Foundation to support the Foundation’s three grantmaking priorities – Education, Well-being and Livelihoods. Across each of these focus areas, diversity, equity, and inclusion remain a top priority in the types of partnerships the Foundation engages with – enabling thriving and inclusive professions for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and farmers around the globe.
Zoetis Foundation Grants
- $35 MillionIn 2021, Zoetis proudly announced the Zoetis Foundation - committing $35 million over five years - to further our commitments to communities and people who care for animals.
Key Impact Areas
Empowering an inclusive veterinary community starts long before the first day of training and classes. While enrollment to veterinary schools and veterinary technician programs has been climbing steadily over the past 30 years, racial and ethnic diversity is still lacking. With 66% of students deciding to pursue the veterinary profession before they reach college, reaching diverse youth early is crucial. In addition, veterinary school tuition in the U.S. has risen at a higher rate than salaries. This has led to high debt loads for veterinary graduates. Access to trained veterinarians and veterinarian technicians that can provide high-quality care, for both pet owners and livestock farmers, remains challenged in areas of the world where pet ownership and modern livestock farming are growing.
The Zoetis Foundation works with partners who provide scholarships, debt relief, and other initiatives to drive a more inclusive veterinary community and broader access to veterinary and technician training.
Working in the veterinary profession can be meaningful and rewarding, full of both opportunities and challenges. However, compassion fatigue and increased debt, among other factors, leads to mental health challenges, including a higher risk of suicide among veterinarians than many other professions. The Zoetis Foundation’s focus on mental health emphasizes the importance of well-being for veterinary healthcare teams.
Healthy livestock is critical to achieving food security, particularly in regions with exceptionally high incidences of livestock and human disease. In order to ensure rising food and nutrient needs are met, livestock farming productivity must be improved. The Zoetis Foundation funds capacity-building initiatives and business planning programs that help veterinary practices and farmers develop sustainable businesses, protect family legacy, and thrive in an increasingly dynamic industry.
Colleague Giving & Volunteering
Zoetis has a long tradition of caring for and supporting our communities. Our colleagues generously give their time, money and hope to nonprofit organizations in their communities. To further bring to life Zoetis’ priority to build a healthier future, the Zoetis Foundation is proud to support a U.S. Matching Gifts program and to encourage colleagues to volunteer through the U.S. Dollars for Doers program.
The Foundation works with partners who provide scholarships, debt relief solutions, and other initiatives to drive a more inclusive veterinary community.
The Foundation’s focus on mental health emphasizes the importance of well-being for veterinary healthcare teams.
The Foundation funds capacity-building initiatives and business planning programs that help veterinary practices and farmers develop sustainable businesses.
This year, the Foundation provided grant funding and relief to support the humanitarian needs of affected communities in Ukraine.
Zoetis Foundation News
The Foundation is guided by a board of directors and our Philanthropy Working Group – key colleagues who have volunteered to share their expertise and inform our local strategies and grantmaking.
The Zoetis Foundation is not soliciting grant proposals at this time. The Zoetis Foundation is a private charitable organization and is solely funded by Zoetis, with distinct legal requirements and restrictions.
Zoetis Inc. Corporate Giving
In addition to commitments made by the Zoetis Foundation, Zoetis separately has made the following contributions.
Zoetis Corporate Giving
In 2021, Zoetis' community support included:
- $7.7 Millioninvested to support animals and people who care for them
- $1.6 Milliondonated to care for animals impacted by disaster
- 721,000animals impacted by disasters supported
- $2.6 Milliondonated to expand veterinary care access to populations in need
- 119,000pet owners in-need supported through expanded veterinary care
- 100%of Zoetis markets invested in professional programs for veterinarians
We're Driven to Care
Zoetis is committed to supporting animals in need during times of disaster. In 2021, Zoetis contributed $1.6 million in charitable giving and products that went toward helping to care for over 721,000 animals impacted by natural disasters. Organizations that Zoetis donated product to include zoos, aquariums, and nonprofits such as American Humane.
Access to Veterinary Care
At Zoetis, expanding access to veterinary care for populations and communities in need is critically important. In 2021, we provided approximately $2.6 million in monetary and in-kind donations to support 119,000 pet owners throughout the world. Zoetis product donations helped provide support for temporary veterinary clinics in under-served communities and to remote indigenous communities with limited to no access to veterinary care.