About

Building on Zoetis’ purpose to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals, Zoetis Inc. (“Zoetis”)  has committed an initial $35 million over five years to the Zoetis Foundation to support the Foundation’s three grantmaking priorities – Education, Well-being and Livelihoods. Across each of these focus areas, diversity, equity, and inclusion remain a top priority in the types of partnerships the Foundation engages with – enabling thriving and inclusive professions for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and farmers around the globe.

Zoetis Foundation Grants

  • $35 Million In 2021, Zoetis proudly announced the Zoetis Foundation - committing $35 million over five years - to further our commitments to communities and people who care for animals.

Key Impact Areas

Education

Empowering an inclusive veterinary community starts long before the first day of training and classes. While enrollment to veterinary schools and veterinary technician programs has been climbing steadily over the past 30 years, racial and ethnic diversity is still lacking. With 66% of students deciding to pursue the veterinary profession before they reach college, reaching diverse youth early is crucial. In addition, veterinary school tuition in the U.S. has risen at a higher rate than salaries. This has led to high debt loads for veterinary graduates. Access to trained veterinarians and veterinarian technicians that can provide high-quality care, for both pet owners and livestock farmers, remains challenged in areas of the world where pet ownership and modern livestock farming are growing.

The Zoetis Foundation works with partners who provide scholarships, debt relief, and other initiatives to drive a more inclusive veterinary community and broader access to veterinary and technician training.

Well-being

Working in the veterinary profession can be meaningful and rewarding, full of both opportunities and challenges. However, compassion fatigue and increased debt, among other factors, leads to mental health challenges, including a higher risk of suicide among veterinarians than many other professions. The Zoetis Foundation’s focus on mental health emphasizes the importance of well-being for veterinary healthcare teams.

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Livelihoods

Healthy livestock is critical to achieving food security, particularly in regions with exceptionally high incidences of livestock and human disease. In order to ensure rising food and nutrient needs are met, livestock farming productivity must be improved. The Zoetis Foundation funds capacity-building initiatives and business planning programs that help veterinary practices and farmers develop sustainable businesses, protect family legacy, and thrive in an increasingly dynamic industry.

Colleague Giving
& Volunteering

Zoetis has a long tradition of caring for and supporting our communities. Our colleagues generously give their time, money and hope to nonprofit organizations in their communities. To further bring to life Zoetis’ priority to build a healthier future, the Zoetis Foundation is proud to support a U.S. Matching Gifts program and to encourage colleagues to volunteer through the U.S. Dollars for Doers program.

Leadership

The Foundation is guided by a board of directors and our Philanthropy Working Group – key colleagues who have volunteered to share their expertise and inform our local strategies and grantmaking.

The Zoetis Foundation is not soliciting grant proposals at this time. The Zoetis Foundation is a private charitable organization and is solely funded by Zoetis, with distinct legal requirements and restrictions.


Zoetis Inc. Corporate Giving

In addition to commitments made by the Zoetis Foundation, Zoetis separately has made the following contributions.

Zoetis Corporate Giving

In 2020, Zoetis' community investments included:

  • $6 Million+ invested to support animals and people who care for them
  • 9.6% of all community investments supported COVID-19 relief
  • $1.8 Million+ donated to care for animals impacted by disaster
  • $0.9 Million+ donated to veterinary scholarships
  • 400+ veterinary students supported by our scholarships
  • $1.0 Million invested in veterinary training initiatives

We're Driven to Care

The Zoetis Foundation supports Driven to Care, Zoetis’ long-term sustainability initiative which brings to life specific commitments to Communities, Animals and the Planet. Learn more about how Zoetis embodies Driven to Care in the communities where colleagues live and work.

Disaster Relief

Zoetis is committed to supporting animals in need during times of disaster. In 2020, Zoetis contributed $1.8 million in charitable giving and products that went toward helping animals in need. Organizations that Zoetis donated product to include zoos, aquariums, and nonprofits such as American Humane.

Professional Services Support

Zoetis believes in providing access to professional training programs for veterinarians. In 2020, Zoetis invested almost $1.0 million in professional programs across over 80% of the markets Zoetis serves. These programs provided skills-based support to further advance veterinarians in their profession.