Funds from the animal health society will be used to support VHF’s mission to raise awareness and hope in the veterinary community

DULUTH, Ga., October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UNITED STATES Inc. is honored to support the Veterinary Hope Foundation (VHF) with a $225,000 sponsorship. The VHF is a non-profit organization focused on providing education and connection programs to benefit the health of the veterinary community. The sponsorship will support VHF’s mission, including funding small groups to provide veterinary professionals with resources, information and community support to better manage stressors and mental health issues unique to the profession. With this contribution, Boehringer Ingelheim becomes a founding sponsor of the Veterinary Hope Foundation.

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Veterinary Hope Foundation support groups provide veterinary professionals – who are three times more likely1 than the general population to die by suicide – with early intervention efforts and enabling them to connect in a safe, confidential and caring space. These groups, led by a licensed mental health professional, focus on topics important to practicing veterinarians and their teams, such as communicating with clients in difficulty, balancing family and work, coping with bereavement and the culture of emotional resilience.

“We are extremely grateful for Boehringer Ingelheim’s partnership and support of our mission to provide resources to those in the animal care community,” said Dr. Blair McConnell, veterinarian and chairman of the board of the Veterinary Hope Foundation. “I look forward to working with the passionate team at Boehringer Ingelheim. I hope this sponsorship will inspire other animal care and health companies to take the necessary action.”

In addition to sponsorship, Boehringer Ingelheim will champion and share VHF’s mission as its teams visit veterinary clinics across the country. Teams will leave behind information about resources available to help the clinic raise awareness of the cause of VHF and how vets and their teams can get involved. Boehringer Ingelheim continued to elevate VHF’s mission at Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) 2022, the world’s largest veterinary conference, held January 15-19. Boehringer Ingelheim helped VHF spread hope to more than 12,000 conference attendees by providing booth space for VHF informational brochures.

“We are proud to be a founding sponsor of the Veterinary Hope Foundation and to partner to bring to life their mission of raising awareness and providing resources to members of the animal care community who may be facing challenges we don’t see,” said Shawn HookerHead of Companion Animal Business at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UNITED STATES Inc. “Every day, vets are there for us. It’s one way we choose to illustrate our commitment to supporting vets and their teams.”

The results of the first support groups are extremely positive. One vet noted, “Exactly what I didn’t know I needed, but [the group] provided me with more insight than months of 1:1 therapy.” All support group participants who were interviewed said they would highly recommend this program to other veterinarians.

You can learn more about the foundation, its mission and how you or your organization can join the cause at VeterinaryHope.org.

About the Veterinary Hope Foundation

Founded in May 2021, the Veterinary Hope Foundation (VHF) is a non-profit organization focused on early intervention, education and connection programs tailored to the animal care community. Built on the belief that there is hope for vets in crisis, VHF provides vets with the tools and support they need to manage common stressors unique to their profession. With veterinarians on three times more likely1 than the general population from dying by suicide, VHF aims to generate widespread awareness of the issue and generate lasting change through its public awareness campaign. Governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee comprised of mental health experts, practicing veterinarians and animal lovers, VHF is uniquely positioned to impact the future of the veterinary profession. To learn more about VHF, please visit VeterinaryHope.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and instagram.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on breakthrough innovation for the prediction, prevention and treatment of disease in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers and governments in over 150 countries, we offer a broad, innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of pets and livestock. .

As a global leader in the animal health industry and part of the family business Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term view. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are also healthier. By utilizing the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and delivering value through innovation, we improve the health and well-being of both.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the United States. St. Joseph, Missouri, over 100 years ago, it expanded to encompass seven sites. The Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health portfolio contains widely used and respected vaccines, parasite control products and therapeutics for companion animals, horses and livestock, including NexGard® (afoxolaner) chewableHEART GUARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) Chewables, pyramid® 5 + answer® SQ, VAXXITEK®CircoFLEX®and Prascend® (pergolide tablets).

Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UNITED STATES at bi-animalhealth.com

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1. Tomasi SE, Fechter-Leggett ED, Edwards NT, Reddish AD, Crosby AE, Nett RJ. Suicide among veterinarians in United States from 1979 to 2015. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2019;254(1):104-112.

Media contacts:
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
Communications in the United States
(516) 527-5456
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Blair McConnell
Veterinary Hope Foundation
[email protected]



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