More Than $3.6 Million Donated Nationally Through the Program Since 2008
ANIMART, Inc., owners Dr. James and Ruth Metz partnered with Pfizer Animal Health to contribute $36,527 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation in 2011, offering support and resources to 249 local chapters and nearly 18,000 students.
"We are proud to have offered large animal clients and producers a program to support the Wisconsin FFA Foundation through their purchases of Pfizer Animal Health products," says Ruth Metz, co-owner of ANIMART. "ANIMART, through our clients, is pleased to help FFA chapters across Wisconsin develop tomorrow's future agriculture leaders."
Offering added support to organizations like FFA is important to ANIMART because many of the 60 employees within its large animal division are former FFA members. ANIMART provided the support through the Pfizer Animal Health FFA Support Program where participating veterinarians and retail partners were able to direct the funds from a portion of their purchases of select Pfizer Animal Health cattle products to any local FFA chapter(s) or the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in 2008, the total amount donated through the FFA and AABP Foundation Support Program nationwide has been more than $3.6 million.
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation allocated the funds to further develop programs that encourage and support leadership throughout all chapters at a state and local level. By spreading the funds across multiple activities, the foundation isable to offer additional opportunities at the state convention and leadership conference as well as provide livestock proficiency awards to an elite group of students who developed specialized skills in the area.
"This support has been the backbone of year-to-year funding for our programs," says Nicole Nelson, executive director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation. "ANIMART has been great to work with and helped us identify where their interests and our needs overlap."
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.
Established in 1982 and headquartered in Beaver Dam, Wis., ANIMART, Inc. is a privately held provider of animal health and veterinary products as well as show equipment for dairy and livestock producers. ANIMART is committed to offering a full line of products and solutions to help dairy and livestock businesses succeed. More information about the company and its products can be accessed at www.animart.com.