Henry Schein, Inc. and Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. have partnered with Dr. Hanh Chau, a veterinarian who treats local animals at Middleburg, Virginia’s Middleburg Animal Hospital, to provide the essential products and care for Yaeger III, a puppy being raised by a local volunteer who will eventually serve as a highly trained assistance dog for a child or adult with disabilities.

Dr. Chau contributed to the puppy’s health and development when she presented a “Henry Schein Cares-Canine Companions Puppy Raiser Care Package” to Yaeger III’s volunteer puppy raisers, Shayna Rice and Giovanni DeSantis, also of Middleburg.

The care package contains items essential to caring for the puppy during its first 18 months of life. With a total value greater than $300, it is designed to help defray the costs that Dr. Chau and Ms. Rice and Mr. DeSantis will incur while caring for the puppy.

The package is part of a unique program created by Canine Companions for Independence, the first and largest assistance dog organization in the United States that helps people with physical disabilities, and Henry Schein Animal Health, the leading companion animal health product and services provider in the country.

Dr. Chau is one of 700 veterinarians who will deliver the care packages to volunteer puppy raisers during the program, which began in September 2015. A video about the program can be found here.

 “As veterinarians, we enter this profession because we can think of no higher calling than to provide for the health and safety of animals,” said Dr. Chau.

“It is an incredible honor to work with Yaeger III, who will provide a deserving child or adult with greater independence, protection, devotion, and so much more. I want to thank Henry Schein Cares and Canine Companions for Independence for sharing my commitment to this incredible animal.”

Canine Companions service dogs such as Yaeger III are Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, or crosses of the two. They are partnered with individuals with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and to increase independence by reducing reliance on other people.

A service dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, and even assist with personal transactions.

“The Middleburg community is incredibly lucky to have such a compassionate, devoted and talented veterinarian as Dr. Chau,” said Fran Dirksmeier, President, Henry Schein Animal Health, North America.

“These dogs receive the highest level of training, and as such, require the highest level of veterinary care. We are humbled to know that Henry Schein is playing a part in supporting Dr. Chau as she cares for Yaeger III, and we are honored to partner with Canine Companions in this vital work.”

Founded in 1975, non-profit Canine Companions for Independence created the concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities and has placed nearly 5,000 assistance dog teams. The organization has over 1,600 volunteer puppy raisers that provide early socialization and basic obedience training, both of which are essential in preparing a puppy for life as an assistance dog.

“Our program relies heavily on veterinarians like Dr. Chau, who give so much of their time and talent to caring for our puppies at this critical stage in their development,” said Paul Mundell, Chief Executive Officer of Canine Companions for Independence.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to partner with Henry Schein to provide our veterinarians and volunteer puppy raisers with a selection of products that will help them transform these adorable puppies into remarkable dogs.”

The “Henry Schein Cares-Canine Companions Puppy Raiser Care Package” includes:

HEARTGARD® Plus – Merial®, a Sanofi Company

NexGard® Chewables – Merial®, a Sanofi Company

FURminator® Grooming Brush – KVP International, Inc.

1 quart Stainless Steel Bowl – VSSI, Inc.

2 quart Stainless Steel Bowl – VSSI, Inc.

Nutrisentials® Lean Treats – Henry Schein® Animal Health

C.E.T.® VEGGIEDENT® Tartar Control Chews for Dogs – Virbac Animal Health

C.E.T.® Fingerbrush with Toothpaste Packet – Virbac Animal Health

Welactin® Omega 3 Liquid Supplement – Nutramax®