July 20 2021 03:43 PM

Online campaign celebrating veterinarians’ impact leads to $10,000 donation from Zoetis to help curb alarming trend among professionals and students

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Dairy communities nationwide rallied in June to support the veterinarians they depend on, helping lead an effort by Zoetis that donated $10,000 for mental health and wellness in the veterinary profession.

The grassroots effort aims to help reverse an alarming rise in veterinarian suicides among those who work difficult, tiring hours while protecting and caring for cattle. Through the website HonorDairyVets.com, Zoetis solicited nominations from communities to celebrate dairy veterinarians, donating $5 for each person honored and randomly selecting three veterinarians every week in June to receive a personalized all-weather work jacket.

The money raised will be donated to Not One More Vet® (NOMV), a 32,000-member-strong nonprofit organization committed to safeguarding the mental health and well-being of veterinarian professionals and students.

“Research shows that veterinarians and their staff have a far higher suicide rate than that of the general public. Not One More Vet seeks to transform the status of mental wellness within the profession, but we need the support of everyone to fulfill that mission. We can all be part of the solution by creating awareness and treating every veterinary professional with kindness and understanding,” said Darlene Bos, executive director, NOMV. “Every donation to NOMV helps a veterinary professional in crisis. Our programs offer grants to those struggling financially, peer support to everyone who seeks it, education about wellness, and research to get to the root of these issues and find solutions.”

Zoetis supports NOMV’s mission and additionally sponsors its largest fundraiser, Race Around the World, helping raise more than $140,000 in 2020. Veterinary mental health and well-being is a global issue that touches everyone working in the profession. As a global company, Zoetis is committed to supporting organizations and efforts that will help veterinary professionals care for their mental health and well-being.

Dairy communities lead the way

“We were humbled to see the outpouring of nominations celebrating dairy and cattle-mixed practicing veterinarians across the country and are so grateful for the work they do in their communities,” said Jared Shriver, senior vice president, U.S. Cattle at Zoetis. “One more veterinarian lost to suicide is one too many, and we hope others will follow the lead of the dairy families that spoke up to support the crucial contributions of their community’s veterinarian.”

Discover more about Not One More Vet and how you can help support the tireless work of veterinarians in your community at nomv.org.

About Zoetis

As the world’s leading animal health company, Zoetis is driven by a singular purpose: to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals. After nearly 70 years innovating ways to predict, prevent, detect, and treat animal illness, Zoetis continues to stand by those raising and caring for animals worldwide — from livestock farmers to veterinarians and pet owners. The company’s leading portfolio and pipeline of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, and technologies make a difference in over 100 countries. In 2020, Zoetis generated revenue of $6.7 billion with ~11,300 employees. For more, visit www.zoetis.com.