Iowa producers and veterinarians are gearing up to start preconditioning calves this fall. And, through their preconditioning product choices they have the opportunity to support graduating veterinary students at the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

In support of its Prevention Works philosophy, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is offering the Future Service Scholarship to support future cattle veterinarians graduating from ISU. In 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. formed an alliance with the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) Foundation to offer this unique scholarship.

The scholarship donation will be based on the submission of box tops from Pyramid® 5 and Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ product boxes.

As an added incentive, producers and veterinarians participating in the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program can double their box top donation for the Future Service Scholarship. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will donate $5.00 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ and $2.50 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5 on behalf of box tops turned in through that program.

The promotion will run through Dec. 31, 2014.

“The cattle industry is experiencing some of its finest times in recent history. Innovation, technology and a partnership with a knowledgeable veterinarian can be an integral part of the cattleman’s recipe for success. This is why we are excited Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., is helping to attract and reward new graduates that want to specialize in bovine production. We welcome these talented individuals and hope this contribution will lead to a successful career,” says Dr. Alden Frischmeyer, Iowa Veterinary Medical Foundation president and production animal practitioner.

The scholarship will be presented at Senior Award Night in May 2015. To help fund the scholarship, box tops should be dropped off at participating veterinarian offices. Veterinarians need to submit their box tops to:

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
c/o Amanda McAvoy
3902 Gene Field Road
St. Joseph, MO  64506

“Veterinary student educational debt has doubled over the last 10 years, leaving many veterinarians struggling early in their careers. This scholarship will provide monetary support for educational expenses. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., with the support of practicing veterinarians in the state of Iowa, has taken up the cause and is generously supporting tomorrow’s veterinarians. For this, we are very appreciative, and we look forward to this important partnership,” adds Dr. Jennifer Schleining, associate professor at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Vice President of the IVMA.

IVMA administers the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program, which requires that all calves in the preconditioning program be vaccinated for a number of diseases, including the five key viral causes of respiratory disease — BVD Types 1 and 2, IBR, BRSV and PI3 — plus Mannheimia haemolytica. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. believes PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ is a perfect fit for veterinarians and producers wanting to meet this requirement, with the additional benefits of:

  • Convenience of a single dose
  • The unique MetaStim® adjuvant system
  • Enhanced immune response in calves to provide proven protection when respiratory disease challenges arise.

Find more information on the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program here.

For more information on PYRAMID 5 and PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ, talk to your veterinarian or Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. representative and visit

Legal: Pyramid and Presponse are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. MetaStim is a registered trademark of Wyeth LLC and is used under license. ©2014 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.



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