Henry Schein helps raise $10,000 to support equine veterinary education


Veterinary industry distributor joins Zoetis and Neogen to match contributions from attendees at 62nd annual AAEP convention.

Photo courtesy of Henry ScheinHenry Schein has helped to support the next generation of veterinary practitioners by spearheading a fundraising effort that raised $10,000 dollars for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves as the charitable arm of the AAEP, according to a recent release.

The check was presented to Jeffrey T. Berk, VMD, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council, at the 62nd annual AAEP convention in Orlando in December.

“So much of our work depends on the generosity of our donors, and we want to thank Henry Schein, its supplier partners, and the wonderful people who gave so selflessly at this year's convention to support the education of future practitioners,” Berk says in the release. “This donation will allow us to further the AAEP Foundation's mission of supporting the people, programs and organizations dedicated to improving the health and welfare of horses throughout the country.”

Henry Schein joined supplier partners Zoetis and Neogen to support the AAEP Foundation's Collegiate Challenge fundraiser by matching $10 donations made by convention attendees. In total, the company donated $10,000 to the AAEP Foundation, which raised more than $36,000 through the challenge to support AAEP's student chapter activity; courses on dentistry, podiatry and horse handling; and continuing education programs, according to the release.

Convention attendees who made donations were able to credit their contribution to the veterinary school of their choice, and the AAEP student chapters at the top three schools selected received cash prizes. Those schools were Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Colorado State University.

“We at Henry Schein are proud to join with our supplier partners and the AAEP Foundation to support the next generation of equine veterinarians as they pursue their education,” says Fran Dirksmeier, president of Henry Schein Animal Health, in the release. “The AAEP Foundation shares our commitment to the health and well-being of these incredible animals and to the people who care for them.”

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