26 April 2019
MSD Animal Health Celebrates Partnership with WeForest to Grow More Trees Around the World
Over 25,000 trees planted around the world since the start of this partnership
MADISON, NJ, April 26, 2019 – To celebrate Arbor Day, MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) today announced its continued partnership with WeForest, as part of its commitment to a healthier planet. WeForest is an international nonprofit association engaged in large-scale sustainable reforestation and reduction in plastic pollution. Through the partnership, MSD Animal Health has already supported the planting of over 25,000 trees on three continents since the start in 2016.
“We are proud to participate in WeForest’s mission to restore the planet’s natural resources by planting trees,” said Geert Vertenten, Global Poultry Marketing Director. “Through this partnership and the use of novel technologies such as our environmentally friendly, SPHEREON® technology, MSD Animal Health is committed to environmental responsibility, in particular, working towards the offset of carbon emissions. With the help of poultry veterinarians and producers who use our products, we will continue to partner with WeForest in the years to come, planting even more trees.”
SPHEREON® is a novel vaccine formulation technology for the storage and preparation of live poultry vaccines. SPHEREON® technology freeze-dries live vaccines to small, highly soluble particles (spheres) that dissolve quickly and completely in water, with no residue. SPHEREON® allows for improved preparation and administration of the vaccine, and is packaged in light-weight, 100 percent recyclable aluminum cups. This makes it more efficient to use for poultry farmers and supports the environment with limited, recyclable packaging.
On Arbor Day individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. In several countries around the world, including the US, it is planned on the last Friday of April. Though Arbor Day is usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
For more information on the partnership between MSD Animal Health and WeForest please go to: https://www.weforest.org/partner/msd-animal-health.
About MSD Animal Health
For more than a century, MSD, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of MSD. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals®, MSD Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. MSD Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.msd-animal-health.com/ or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.