Promoting diversity in veterinary medicine through nine full grants and integrated support
WESTBROOK, Maine, January 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX), a global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software, today announced a landmark initiative with the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM), which it wants to support through a contribution from $ 3.6 million for over six years by the IDEXX Foundation, a donor-advised fund managed by a national donor-advised fund program. This intended support is the first investment by the IDEXX Foundation in a major effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.
The TUCVM is the only veterinary program in The United States is located on the campus of a historically black college or university (HBCU). A pioneer in veterinary education for 75 years, the TUCVM has a proven record of improving access to veterinary education and training 70% of African American veterinarians.
“We’re honored to be that Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine with an IDEXX Foundation investment aimed at ensuring positive student outcomes through integrated support for the entire student experience, “he said Jay Mazelsky, IDEXX President and Chief Executive Officer. “In the past 10 years, the population who owns pets has increased tremendously. Ensuring that all pets have access to the highest standards of care in their communities begins with promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.”
The TUCVM initiative aims to achieve comprehensive and positive results for the diversification of the veterinary sector. The initiative includes nine full scholarships, mental health support for veterinary students, emergency funding for students in need, and funding for key capital improvements in TUCVM facilities. Each of these elements was identified through working with TUCVM leadership to maximize the positive effects of this meaningful collaboration.
“This is the most powerful contribution our beloved college has made in our 75th anniversary, and recognizes our legacy of professional education and training for color students,” he said Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplom-ACVR, Dean of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. “This significant investment from the IDEXX Foundation will help our students realize their dreams of becoming veterinarians.”
About the IDEXX Foundation
The IDEXX Foundation is a donor-advised fund managed by a national donor-advised fund program. The IDEXX Foundation’s mission is to create positive and lasting impacts on people, animals and the environment through inclusive and results-oriented initiatives in communities around the world. In addition to creating opportunities for tomorrow’s diverse leaders, the IDEXX Foundation prioritizes projects that improve access to veterinary care for underserved communities, disaster relief, and animal-assisted therapy, and develops community-based solutions to the global challenges of access to clean water , Effects of climate change and food security.
Corporate responsibility at IDEXX
Corporate responsibility is fundamental to how IDEXX works as a company, employer, supplier, customer, and member of the community. The company prioritizes investments that support its purpose and guiding principles and is committed to the highest ethical standards, empowers and rewards employees, promotes a culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to promote environmental sustainability in its facilities and operations improve.
About IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a member of the S&P 500® Index and a leader in innovation in animal health. The company provides diagnostic and software products and services that provide solutions and insights to practicing veterinarians around the world. IDEXX products enhance veterinarians’ ability to deliver advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency, and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a world leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for farm animals and poultry, tests for the quality and safety of water and milk, and point-of-care and laboratory diagnostics for human medicine. Headquarters in MaineIDEXX employs more than 9,000 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries. For more information on IDEXX, visit idexx.com.
About the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine
Located in Alabama As one of the two state-approved veterinary programs, it was introduced in 1944 by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, Founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and officially founded in Tuskegee in 1945. It is the only veterinary specialist program on the campus of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in The United States. The primary mission of the college is to create an environment that fosters a spirit of active, independent, and self-directed learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, and leadership. and promotes teaching, research and service in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. More information is available at tuskegee.edu/vetmed.