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Internationally Recognized Veterinarians Join Team at Pfizer Animal Health

Press Release

New York, NY (February 2004)—Equine infectious disease expert Robert E. Holland, Jr., DVM, PhD has joined Pfizer Animal Health’s Equine division as Senior Technical Service Veterinarian. Pfizer has also recently added renowned practitioner Jay Donecker VMD, MS, Dipl., to its equine veterinary staff as Technical Service Veterinarian. At Pfizer Animal Health, the two internationally recognized veterinarians will offer horse owners and veterinarians nationwide leading-edge information about equine disease and Pfizer’s equine products.

A well-known speaker, Dr. Holland’s extensive experience in veterinary medicine gives him an especially broad perspective on equine disease and treatment. His research interests include virology, biomechanics, drug testing and air flow. He is also the author of Understanding the Older Horse, published by Blood-Horse Publications.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Donecker has been an equine veterinarian since 1980. With considerable international veterinary experience, he has practiced in western Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.

“We are truly excited to welcome both Dr. Holland and Dr. Donecker as members of our veterinary team,” said Sue Ford, Director of Equine Business at Pfizer Animal Health. “Their combined experience in disease research, private practice and equine health management, will make them excellent additions to our world-class veterinary operations department.”

Dr. Holland and Dr. Donecker will join Robert Dressler, DVM, Manager of Equine Veterinary Operations at Pfizer. “Not only are Dr. Holland and Dr. Donecker internationally respected, but they both have many years of practice experience, making them resources and true advocates for the horse. We are looking forward to the contributions these two distinguished practitioners will certainly make to our organization,” said Dr. Dressler.

A PhD graduate of the Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Holland completed his thesis on the effects of maternal antibody interference on vaccination in foals.

He has served as a Kentucky State Racing Commission veterinarian and has been active inan effort with the Animal Health Trust in England, working to bring a new method of Strangles detection and treatment to the U.S. In addition, he has served on the Vaccination Task Force for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Holland, his wife and two children live in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Donecker graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing an equine medicine and surgery internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, he went on to complete his equine surgery and medicine residency at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. While at Ohio State, Dr. Donecker received an MS in veterinary clinical sciences, focusing on equine pharmacokinetics. He joined a four person, mixed practice in 1987 and, during the next 14 years, helped grow that practice to a two hospital, nine veterinarian operation. In 1991, Dr. Donecker became the first private equine practitioner in North Carolina to attain Diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the specialty of equine practice. Dr. Donecker lives with his family in Reidsville, North Carolina—where he is also currently serving his second term as mayor.

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