Henry Schein and Partners Commit to AAEP Foundation's Collegiate Challenge

Henry Schein joined supplier partners and individual donors to raise $10,000 for equine veterinary education as part of the AAEP Foundation's Collegiate Challenge.
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Jeannie Jeffery, National Director of Equine Sales for Henry Schein Animal Health, recently presented a check for $10,000 to Dr. Richard Mitchell, DVM, DACVSMR, AAEP Foundation Chairman, at the 63rd annual AAEP Convention. Henry Schein joined supplier partners Zoetis, Neogen and Rood & Riddle, to match donations from convention attendees in support of the AAEP Foundation’s Collegiate Challenge.

Henry Schein Animal Health, the U.S. animal health business of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), recently led an effort that raised $10,000 for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation in support of its educational programming for the next generation of equine veterinary professionals.

Jeannie Jeffery, National Director of Equine Sales for Henry Schein Animal Health, presented the check to Dr. Richard Mitchell, DVM, AAEP Foundation Chairman, at the 63rd annual AAEP Convention held in San Antonio.

Henry Schein joined supplier partners Zoetis, Neogen and Rood & Riddle to support the AAEP Foundation’s Collegiate Challenge, an initiative that encouraged convention attendees to make donations that support the following AAEP programs: student chapter activity; courses in dentistry, podiatry, and horses handling; and continuing education programs. Henry Schein and its supplier partners matched convention attendee donations up to a total donation of $10,000. Combined with Henry Schein and its partners’ donations, the AAEP Foundation raised more than $24,000 through the Collegiate Challenge.

“We extend a heartfelt thank you to all who donated during the convention to the Collegiate Challenge,” Mitchell said. “The incredible match made by our friends at Henry Schein, Zoetis, Neogen and Rood & Riddle will allow our Foundation to continue to support its mission to improve the welfare of horses through research, education and benevolence.”

Convention attendees were able to make their donation in the name of the veterinary school of their choice, and the AAEP student chapters of the top three schools received cash prizes. First place went to Texas A&M University, whose student chapter received a $750 award, followed by the student chapters at Oklahoma State University ($500 award) and Ohio State University ($250).

“We at Henry Schein Animal Health are proud to support the next generation of equine veterinary professionals as they pursue their education and embark on careers caring for these incredible animals,” said Fran Dirksmeier, president, Henry Schein Animal Health. “We thank the convention attendees for their generous donations, as well as our supplier partners and the AAEP Foundation for sharing our commitment to equine health and wellbeing.”

The Collegiate Challenge demonstrated the impact of Henry Schein’s public-private partnership model, as the AAEP Foundation, Henry Schein and the company’s supplier partners each leveraged their collective strengths to create mutual value and help health happen.

“We’re proud to be a part of such a great partnership,” said Brandon Tucker, Equine Team Leader for Zoetis.

“Special thanks to Henry Schein Animal Health for coordinating the efforts to raise money for the AAEP Foundation’s Collegiate Challenge,” said Mike Dunlap, Distributor Account Executive for Neogen. “It is an honor for Neogen to partner with other industry leaders in such a worthy endeavor.”

“Rood & Riddle is pleased to join Henry Schein Animal Health, Neogen and Zoetis in raising funds to support the AAEP Foundation and future equine veterinary practitioners,” said Bill Rood, DVM, Chief Executive Officer, Rood & Riddle. “We believe strongly in the foundation’s mission and thank our partners and donors for their generous contributions.”

About AAEP Foundation

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $4 million to support its mission. For more information, visit www.aaepfoundation.org.

About Henry Schein, Inc. 

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional healthcare clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 22,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.

The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenryScheinand @HenrySchein on Twitter.