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Pfizer Animal Health supports Texas wildfire relief efforts

Pfizer news release Published on 09 May 2011

Pfizer Animal Health is helping veterinarians in areas affected by Texas wildfires assess and treat affected cattle through a new voucher program.

Vouchers, worth $100, are now being offered to reimburse Texas veterinarians for consulting fees to assess their clients’ impacted livestock. To treat animals with respiratory problems created by the fires, Pfizer Animal Health is also making its portfolio of long-acting antibiotics available at no cost. This program showcases Pfizer Animal Health’s ongoing commitment to the veterinary industry and local agricultural communities nationwide.

As of May 9, 2011, the Texas Forest Service is responding to 7 major fires that span 586,624 acres, and report 207 of the 254 Texas counties have burn bans in place.

“Many local ranchers are losing their homes and their major or only source of income – their cattle,” says Dr. Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, group director cattle veterinary operations with Pfizer Animal Health.  “It is a devastating and emotional situation for everyone involved. We feel we can help most by ensuring that ranchers in affected areas are able to receive the expert services and products needed to save and care for their affected animals.”

When cattle have been involved in a fire, it is imperative they be assessed within 48 hours to determine the best course of action and options for the livestock owners. Pfizer Animal Health understands the critical nature of the situation and is offering the voucher program to help producers with decisions and treatment options for their livestock as well as providing products to help with the adverse effects of smoke inhalation.

Veterinarians in an impacted area wanting more information should contact Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support Team (VMIPS) at 800-366-5288, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) at 800-489-7347 or the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) at 817-332-7064. Producers should contact their local veterinarian or local Texas Agri-Life Extension Agent and ask them about this assistance program.

The Texas Wildfire Relief program is part of the Pfizer Animal Health commitment to the cattle industry, as well as our Commitment to Veterinarians platform, which provides support through training and education, research and development, investment in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy. end_mark