Zoetis invests in the communities where we operate. One way we do this is by being a good neighbor. Our company and our people donate their time, money, and expertise to making our communities better. And we recognize the everyday heroic work of first responders - human and canine - as well as our neighbors who are doing extraordinary work to build better communities.
Hero Dog Awards
Zoetis honors the animals and the veterinary professionals in the U.S. who go above and beyond to help others. We are an ongoing sponsor of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards as well as the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards. These awards recognize the dogs and the veterinary professionals who do extraordinary things.
K-9 Courage Program
Zoetis founded this program in 2015 to provide veterinary medical support for retired military and police dogs who have worked to protect our communities. Once these dogs retire, with no guaranteed pension for their medical care, the burden and cost of care fall solely on their caregivers. In 2017, Zoetis expanded the program to include service dogs that have specialized training to provide critical assistance to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress. The program provides the owner of each dog with $300 annually on a debit card that can be applied toward veterinary expenses ranging from wellness visits and vaccines to prescription medications and treats. Zoetis also donates $10,000 annually to our partners in the program: The Sage Foundation for Dogs Who Serve, the National Police Dog Foundation and American Humane. Watch a video to learn more about this program, and the positive impact it has had on one U.S. veteran and his service dog.
Many individuals lost to suicide in Australia are from the farming community. In Australia, Zoetis is a supporting partner of beyondblue, an organization that raises awareness for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention. The partnership included a campaign that raised awareness and funds for beyondblue. For every Zoetis cattle or sheep vaccine sold from Aug. 1 to Oct. 30, 2016, the company donated $5 to beyondblue for a total of $100,000 in donations. Zoetis customers and colleagues also participated in the campaign through reseller competitions and colleague fundraising events. The partnership is one example of Zoetis’ efforts worldwide to promote mental wellness in the livestock farming and veterinary professional communities.
Vets for Vets' Pets
Zoetis donates most needed medications to Vets for Vets’ Pets, an organization of more than 150 veterinarians based in Arizona who are dedicated to caring for the pets of men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Each year the organization provides healthcare services to the pets of hundreds of military veterans who face physical and emotional challenges as they navigate the transition from active duty to civilian life.
L'Assocation des Jeunes de la Rue
Zoetis supports the work of the Faculty de Médécine Véterinaire at the University of Montreal in association with Association des Jeunes de la Rue in running 12 clinics where veterinarians and third year veterinary students provide homeless families with education to help them care for the health and well-being of their pets. Zoetis veterinarians contribute their time and expertise participating in community clinics.
The Right Horse Initiative
Each year, hundreds of thousands of horses change careers or owners, and a growing number of these horses end up at risk of inhumane treatment. Zoetis has teamed up with The Right Horse Initiative to improve the lives of horses in transition and promote adoption as a preferred method of finding a horse. As an educational partner for equine wellness, Zoetis will develop resources and references that promote the healthcare needs of horses such as vaccination, deworming and dental care, as well as connect new horse owners to veterinarians in their area.
The Chinook Project
Zoetis in Canada supports The Chinook Project, a program of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, which makes it possible to provide free veterinary care to remote communities in Canada’s north. Support for this project brings two to four volunteer veterinarians and technicians and up to eight Atlantic Veterinary College students to run a temporary, free veterinary care clinic that spays/neuters, vaccinates, and deworms northern dogs, and provides other needed services.
Kalamazoo County Fair
Zoetis sponsors the Kalamazoo County Fair, an important agricultural event in this Michigan city, that is home to our Global Research and Development headquarters. Many of our colleagues volunteer their time throughout the week-long event to educate children and their families on topics of interest in animal health and the practice of veterinary medicine. The Fair has become a Zoetis community tradition.