Pfizer Animal Health is supporting the beef producers of Texas by helping veterinarians in impacted areas 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 then treat these animals, Pfizer Animal Health is also making its portfolio of long-acting antibiotics available at no charge to address respiratory issues created by the fires. This program showcases Pfizer Animal Health's ongoing commitment to the veterinary industry and the local agriculture communities nationwide.
As of May 3, 2011, the Texas Forest Service reported no new large fires. They are currently working on 6 major fires burning on 673,985 acres, and report that 210 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burning bans. Numerous ranch houses and homes as well as hundreds of cattle have been adversely affected.
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 Veterinary Operations. "It is a devastating and emotional situation for everyone involved. We feel we can help most by ensuring ranchers in affected areas are able to receive the expert care, services and products needed to save and care for their animals during this distressing time."
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.
If you are a veterinarian in an impacted area please contact Pfizer Animal Health's Veterinary Medical Investigation and Product Support Team (VMIPS) at 800-366-5288 or the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) at 800-242-7820 for more information.
Producers please contact your local veterinarian or local Texas Agri-Life Extension Agent and ask them about this assistance program.
Pfizer Animal Health is proud to help local ranchers in need during this difficult time and will continue to do so in the future.
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock, fish and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.