BIVI program supports veterinary student scholarships

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For the third consecutive year, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is offering Future Service Scholarships to support future cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

BIVI formed an alliance with the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Foundation to offer this unique scholarship to graduating seniors at ISU. The final amount of the scholarship is determined by BIVI veterinarian and producer customers submitting box tops from Pyramid® 5 and Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ product boxes.

BIVI will donate the following to fund the Future Service Scholarships. The donation is doubled for producers and veterinarians who participate in the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program (see information below).


$2.50 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ


$1.25 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5

From now through Dec. 31, 2016, producers and veterinarians throughout Iowa are encouraged to help fund the scholarship by clipping their box tops. Producers should forward their box tops to their veterinary clinics. Clinics then work with their BIVI sales representatives to submit to:

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

"Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has been very generous in supporting future veterinarians," said Dr. Randy Wheeler, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Foundation executive director. "Because of this alliance, the program has made a significant difference to these students and allowed them to specialize in bovine practice."

The 2016 Future Service Scholarship recipients are Drs. Blaine Johnson, Megan Kleve, Eric Post, Ryan Shuey, Molly Stafne and Jenny Stumpf, who each received $2,500. Students were selected based on academic achievement, financial need, clinical proficiency, leadership, and other awards. The college will announce the online application process for 2017 later this year.

"Tuition and debt levels for veterinary students continue to climb, leaving many veterinarians struggling early in their careers, or not able to pursue the career path at all," said Dr. Scott King, marketing director for the U.S. Cattle Business Segment at BIVI. "IVMA programs fit well with our philosophy, and we are proud to partner with them to provide monetary support for educational expenses to help support a deserving student."

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 PI3V — plus Mannheimia haemolytica. BIVI believes PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ is a perfect fit for veterinarians and producers wanting to meet this requirement.

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


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