On January 21st, the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) announced that Merial, a Sanofi Company, is a 2016 Platinum Sponsor. Merial has provided WVLDI with $20,000 in funds to support its operations.
“Merial’s designation as a Platinum Sponsor of WVLDI demonstrates their commitment to developing veterinarians as leaders. We are thrilled with their level of support and look forward to their participation in our 2016 programs,” says Dr. Karen Bradley, 2014-2015 WVLDI President.
“Merial has a longstanding history of investing in the careers of veterinarians,” said Dr. Allison Sateren, Southeast Regional Director, Field Veterinary Services for Merial. “We are proud to partner with WVLDI to help further inclusion and develop leaders to benefit the profession.”
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has been a foundational supporter of the WVLDI since 2014. Continuing in 2016, the AVMA will provide program collaboration and support, as well as travel funds to the WVLDI. AVMA’s Board of Directors voted to continue this support at its November 2015 meeting, with the agreement commencing on January 1, 2016.
“AVMA is proud to continue our collaboration with WVLDI. The AVMA believes in increasing all aspects of diversity and inclusivity within the profession,” said Dr. John de Jong, chair of the AVMA Board of Directors. In addition, Banfield Pet Hospital has provided funding to support WVLDI networking events and activities as a 2016 Program Partner.
Such support from the national veterinary association and key industry leaders is critical for the WVLDI to continue to work towards developing leaders for the benefit of the veterinary profession and society.
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,600 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over €2 billion of sales in 2014. Merial has three main business areas: pets, farm animals, and veterinary public health. Our pharmaceuticals and vaccines focus on disease prevention and overall health and wellness in animals, and target more than 200 diseases and conditions across a variety of species. Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see www.merial.com.