SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to urgent relief needs by UkraineThe American Veterinary Medical Association today announced that its charitable arm, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), will lead a $100,000 donation from Merck Animal Health to help pets in need, to support veterinary and animal welfare groups in the war-torn country and surrounding areas. In addition, the AVMF will combine this grant from Merck Animal Health with a donation of $100,000. The AVMA encourages its 99,500 members and the general public to consider contributing to the relief efforts by making a donation to the AVMF.

The funding will provide food, medical care, disaster relief and emergency support to veterinary and other organizations to protect animal welfare and the well-being of healthcare providers. The AVMF will be responsible for directing the distribution of funding. 100% of donations will be used to help those in need and animal care.

“The suffering caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine is huge, and both people and animals desperately need help,” said Dr. Douglas Kratt, President of the AVMF. “We are very grateful to Merck Animal Health for their generosity.”

“Merck Animal Health is proud to partner with the AVMF and hopes that these funds will go a long way in protecting the health, welfare and safety of companion animals in the world. Ukraine and neighboring countries,” said Dr. Christine RoyalAssociate Vice President, US Companion Animals and Equine, Merck Animal Health.

“Many organizations, including veterinary medical facilities, animal shelters and animal rescue groups in Ukraine and neighboring countries, are courageously providing care to people and animals affected by the invasion,” noted Dr. Jose Arce, President of the AVMA. “But they can’t do it alone, so we encourage AVMA members and the public to help with our relief efforts. occupy.”

For those who would like to donate and help veterinarians help animals, please visit the AVMF website.

About the AVMA
Serving more than 99,500 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the leading national representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every US state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by the unique scientific training and clinical knowledge of our members, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. For nearly 60 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to developing resources to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health. The Foundation’s programs and activities are designed to benefit veterinary medicine, promote animal welfare and enhance research so that the profession is better prepared to deal with the difficult issues facing animal health today and tomorrow. . Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation helps veterinarians and the entire veterinary care team helps animals. Our funding priorities include education, disaster relief, crisis support, charitable veterinary care and animal health research. A common thread that runs through all our priorities is the well-being of the members of the veterinary care team, the animals in their care and the people who love them.

About Merck Animal Health
For more than 130 years, Merck, known as MSD externally United States and Canada, invented for life, providing drugs and vaccines for many of the world’s toughest diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to The science of healthier animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, breeders, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services, as well as a suite range of connected technologies including identification, traceability and surveillance products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, welfare and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests heavily in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association

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