Supporting public health takes many forms; our business and employees devote time as well as resources to further animal, human, and environmental health.
- More than three million cumulative rabies vaccines donated through our Afya Program
- Partnered with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to establish a $10,000 international educational grant to improve antimicrobial resistance training in veterinary universities
To provide the full rabies vaccine needs of Rabies Free Africa and Mission Rabies
We provide a range of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, animal identification products and educational tools to keep companion animals and livestock healthy in order to help ensure a stable food supply and help control diseases that can ultimately affect the health of people.
Many people live in close contact with different species of animals, making the practice of One Health1, or the recognition of the link between human, animal and environmental health, critically important worldwide. Certain diseases in animals can have negative health consequences for humans and are known as zoonotic diseases.
Preventative measures such as vaccination and education can help control such diseases in the animal reservoir, reduce the likelihood of their spreading to humans and minimize the medical, social and economic impact that could occur if they were left unchecked.
Programs and initiatives
Rabies is a fatal neurological disease that can be carried by a number of hosts, including dogs, and has a significant, negative impact on public health budgets, local communities and livestock economies in developing areas.
Of the thousands of people who die from rabies every year, 99 percent of those affected received the infection from rabid dogs and 40 percent of the bites by rabid animals affect children under the age of 15. Canine vaccination against rabies and rabies awareness education in areas where the disease is endemic help to interrupt the transmission of rabies from dogs to people.2
Our Animal Health business collaborates with governments and charitable organizations to aid in controlling infectious animal diseases that could negatively impact human health. This is exemplified in our rabies control and education efforts. In 2019, our United States commercial companion animal team joined veterinarians of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG) to donate resources and commit personal time to participate in rabies vaccination campaigns in India and Thailand. We look forward to continued collaboration with VMG to serve our global community in 2020.
World Rabies Day
Since 2016 the International Veterinary Health department of our Animal Health business has supported the World Rabies Day Awards in partnership with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). The World Rabies Day Awards raise awareness to the importance of rabies control in animals and provide valuable resources to individual winners working in rabies control around the world. The financial support provided by the awards allows winners to extend their impact on rabies control, often through buying much-needed vaccines or producing educational materials for communities. Through the online competition, awareness of rabies control is amplified through social media mentions and shares. In 2019, we recognized winners in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Eswatini, Morocco and Chile.
Rabies Hero Awards
We are committed to continued support of rabies control leaders through our long-term partnership with GARC, as well as through our company’s recognition initiative: the Rabies Hero Awards. Initiated in 2020, the Rabies Hero Awards recognizes individuals engaged in rabies control through research, education, field vaccination, or caring for the community. Our Animal Health business gave awards to eight individuals between January and March of 2020 and looks forward to recognizing additional rabies control heroes in the years to come.
In the at-risk parts of Africa, India, and other regions, mass annual canine vaccination, reaching at least 70 percent of dogs, has been a proven effective way to eliminate the disease in both animals and humans. Donation of canine rabies vaccine doses, in addition to community education, contributes to a broader global initiative to eliminate canine-mediated rabies by the year 2030.
Since 1996, we have supported the Afya Program which now comprises a number of rabies control projects and non-profit organizations whose vaccination-based campaigns are aimed at eliminating canine-mediated rabies. Through our rabies vaccine donations, the Afya Program supports Rabies Free Africa (formerly known as the Afya Serengeti Project) in Tanzania and Kenya, and, as of 2013, Mission Rabies, which focuses on rabies vaccination and education in Asia, Africa, and beyond.
We are proud to donate vaccines, as well as our time, with Animal Health employees participating in vaccination activities. In 2019, our company’s Afya Program reached a milestone of over three million cumulative doses of rabies vaccines donated. Annual donations vary from year to year depending on both local campaign requirements and scheduling of deliveries. It is the goal of our Animal Health business to provide the full rabies vaccine needs of Rabies Free Africa and Mission Rabies annually. For more information please visit .
Building networks for antimicrobial stewardship
The best antimicrobial is an antimicrobial that works. To preserve efficacy of antimicrobials for future generations, responsible usage is needed today. Our company is committed to supporting veterinarians, producers and regulatory agencies to ensure that the proper, responsible and targeted use of antibiotics is managed through the appropriate channels. In 2019, our company partnered with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to establish a $10,000 international educational grant to improve antimicrobial resistance training in veterinary universities.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant program is administered through the AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education. The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education promotes collaboration, innovation and sharing best practices globally for high-quality veterinary medical education. In line with the Council’s goals, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant program aims to build networks and use communication technologies to increase awareness and share new ideas for improving antimicrobial stewardship education.
In recognition of the value of immunization to prevent animal disease, the program encourages grant applications to incorporate preventative medicine in antimicrobial stewardship. Visit the AAVMC website to learn more.
May in Motion
Our Biomark facility in Idaho, USA, has participated in the May in Motion commuter program for the past three years, and looks forward to participating again. May in Motion is sponsored by the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Commuteride of Idaho and promotes smart commute options during the month of May. Biomark participates by providing employee incentives to use alternate forms of transportation to get to work such as biking and walking. These options reduce pollution and fuel consumption, while promoting healthy habits for employees.
We support the May in Motion program through partnering with ACHD Commuteride to host a kickoff event at the Biomark facility, and provide employees in the area with resources to track their smart commuting efforts. Throughout the month, employees’ miles and trips are logged, building friendly competition and an appreciation for how daily actions can have a positive impact on personal and community health. More broadly, mindful approaches to daily travel support environmental health and the wildlife species our Biomark products help to conserve.
In 2019, Biomark facility employees:
- Logged 976 miles in 335 trips
- Burned 47,311 calories
- Saved $200 in fuel; and,
- Reduced 537 lbs of CO2 emissions from the air
Our Biomark facility was recognized as a May in Motion Top 100 business in 2019 and was awarded a silver medal for the achievements of the employee team.
Equine-assisted learning for military, veterans and their families
Our company is more than a partner in animal health—our employees are neighbors, colleagues and friends in our communities. We are dedicated to the human-animal bond, and the capacity of animals to improve human lives and health.
Since 2018, we have devoted our time and resources to the , a nonprofit organization which employs equine-assisted learning for members of the military and veterans recovering from combat-associated injury and their families.
In partnership with the Remount Foundation, we are committed to sharing stories of challenges, successes and strategies of veteran and service members with the veterinary community to further build support for professional cultures of wellbeing. We also remain committed to caring for the horses that care for the people. Each spring, our company’s equine team manages a vaccination, medical care and training program at the Remount Foundation for the horses under the Foundation’s care to ensure they can stay healthy for healing. It is the goal of our U.S. equine commercial business to meet the annual vaccination and medical needs of the horses serving the Remount Foundation.
|Year-over-year increase in rabies vaccine donations1||+47%||10%||+20%||+28%||-37%|
|1 Rabies doses donated to Mission Rabies and Rabies Free Africa.|
Note: Annual donations vary from year to year depending on both local campaign requirements and scheduling of deliveries.