AVMF and Merck Animal Health collaborate to support relief efforts in Ukraine

A total of $200,000 will be donated to provide relief to pets in need, as well as veterinary and animal welfare groups in the war-torn area.

The charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association – the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) – is responding to urgent relief needs in Ukraine by donating a $100,000 grant from Merck Animal Health to help pets in need by providing support to veterinary and animal welfare organizations in this devastated country and neighboring countries. Additionally, the AVMF will match Merck Animal Health’s donation with a donation of $100,000.

“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 Ukraine and neighboring countries,” said Christine Royal. , DVM, Associate Vice President, American Companion. animal and equine, Merck Animal Health, in an association statement.1

According to the press release,1 the donation will provide food, medical care, disaster relief and emergency support to veterinarians and other groups to protect animal welfare and the well-being of healthcare providers. The AVMF will oversee the distribution of funds and 100% of donations will go towards helping those in need and caring for animals.

The AVMA urges its nearly 100,000 members and the public to consider donating to the AVMF to support these efforts.

“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 crisis,” said Jose. Arce, DVM, AVMA President.

“But they can’t do it alone, so we encourage AVMA members and the public to help with our relief efforts. Together we can make a difference and support people, animals and those who care for them,” he added.

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1. American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Merck Animal Health to support relief efforts in Ukraine. American Veterinary Medical Association. Press release. March 10, 2022. Accessed March 11, 2022. https://www.avma.org/news/press-releases/avmf-and-merck-animal-health-support-ukraine

Boyd S. Abbott