Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) demonstrated its commitment to supporting the education of the next generation of veterinary practitioners by spearheading a fundraising effort that raised $10,000 for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves as the charitable arm of the AAEP. The check was presented to Jeffrey T. Berk, VMD, Chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council, at the 62nd annual AAEP Convention held last month in Orlando, Florida.
Henry Schein joined supplier partners Zoetis and Neogen to support the AAEP Foundation’s “Collegiate Challenge” fundraiser by matching $10 donations made by convention attendees. In total, the company donated $10,000 to the AAEP Foundation, which raised more than $36,000 through the challenge to support AAEP’s student chapter activity; courses on dentistry, podiatry, and horse handling; and continuing education programs.
“So much of our work depends on the generosity of our donors, and we want to thank Henry Schein, its supplier partners, and the wonderful people who gave so selflessly at this year’s convention to support the education of future practitioners,” Dr. Berk said. “This donation will allow us to further the AAEP Foundation’s mission of supporting the people, programs, and organizations dedicated to improving the health and welfare of horses throughout the country.”
Convention attendees who made donations were able to credit their contribution to the veterinary school of their choice, and the AAEP student chapters at the top three schools selected received cash prizes. Those schools were Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, and Colorado State University.
“We at Henry Schein are proud to join with our supplier partners and the AAEP Foundation to support the next generation of equine veterinarians as they pursue their education,” said Fran Dirksmeier, President, Henry Schein Animal Health, North America. “The AAEP Foundation shares our commitment to the health and wellbeing of these incredible animals and to the people who care for them.”
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry. For more information, visit www.aaep.org.
About the 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 allocated more than $3 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 medicalpractitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care 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 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one 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 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 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 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, 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 atwww.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.