Protecting Animal Health
Our Animal Health business addresses the world’s biggest animal health challenges and collaborates with our customers to answer their specific needs.
Animal health and human health are inextricably linked: Highly infectious diseases have a direct impact on food production and the livelihood of farming families, leading to malnutrition and poverty, while zoonotic diseases directly impact human health.
Global factors such as trade, migration of humans and animals, and climate, contribute to the spread of highly infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, lumpy skin disease, African swine fever, peste des petits ruminants and zoonotic diseases such as avian flu and rabies.
Tackling human-animal health emergencies through greater veterinary capacity and response appropriate to local contexts are core components of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) Sixth Strategic Plan.
As a global animal health company, we are committed to addressing diseases that cross geographical boundaries and cause emotional and economic hardship.
Outbreaks and emerging diseases
Our disease response activities take place in both disease-free and endemic regions around the world. For example, following widespread outbreaks of lumpy skin disease in cattle in South-East Europe during 2016 and 2017, our company worked with affected countries to provide doses of our lumpy skin disease vaccine, LUMPYVAX® for inclusion in a comprehensive vaccination program in the region.
Lumpy skin disease is a viral infection in cattle that causes skin nodules and loss of condition and productivity. Through diligent vaccination across the South-East European herd, thousands of cattle remained healthy and the spread of the virus across Europe was halted. In 2018, the European Food Safety Authority reported no new outbreaks of lumpy skin disease in South-East Europe. Our company continues to research lumpy skin disease and how it is spread, and we provide vaccines for disease control programs in Europe in pursuit of eradicating this damaging disease.
Our company is committed to working with animal health’s most challenging pathogens like foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever, and we support research awards for these diseases. We aim to engage with stakeholders and governments to identify disease management gaps, improve scientific knowledge and lend support through training and industry expertise. Through our eMergence website, free eMergence quarterly newsletter and eMergence Twitter channel, we share the latest news on emerging and spreading animal diseases with veterinarians, farmers and those curious to learn more about animal health.
Health and welfare of horses
The health and welfare of horses is important to our company, and we support initiatives that enable access to care for horses in all activities: from competing to companionship. In 2018, we celebrated 10 years of partnership with the American Association of Equine Practitioners to support the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign. We are proud to dedicate a portion of all equine vaccine sales to support the donation of equine vaccines to qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities.
Since the beginning of the program in 2008, we have contributed more than $1 million in vaccine donations to the Campaign. Horses may be relinquished or retired for a wide variety of reasons, but still require high standards of care to protect their well-being. The equine rescue and retirement facilities we support may receive complimentary vaccines to protect their horses’ health and help make them more adoptable.
Over the course of the program’s history, 28,000 horses have been vaccinated, and 300 rescue and retirement facilities across 42 U.S. states have participated in the Campaign.
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.
In 2018, we devoted our time and resources to the Remount Foundation, 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 well-being. 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.