Pfizer Animal Health Donates Vaccinations to Navajo Indian Reservation

Veterinary mission trip to Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico educates tribe and provides animal vaccinations.
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Veterinary mission trip to Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico educates tribe and provides animal vaccinations.
Dr. Perry Mobley and Pfizer Animal Health's Adrian Haynie vaccinate over 1,500 sheep. | © Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Perry Mobley and Pfizer Animal Health's Adrian Haynie vaccinate over 1,500 sheep. | © Pfizer, Inc.

July 21, 2010 -- On June 5 -12, 2010, Pfizer Animal Health's Adrian Haynie joined Dr. Perry Mobley of Mobley Veterinary Clinic in Abbeville, Ala., on a veterinary mission trip to a Navajo Indian Reservation just outside Farmington, N.M. Dr. Mobley, Haynie and members from Mobley's church spent eight days traveling around the reservation educating the tribe on the importance of health care for animals and providing vaccinations for the horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and cats.

Haynie and the team spent their time at the reservation riding around with a Navajo woman guide to various farms. They worked to educate the Navajo people on the importance of health care and wellness for the animals. Pfizer Animal Health provided vaccinations and dewormers for over 1,500 head of sheep and an array of dogs, cats and cattle. More than 200 horses were vaccinated with theMosquito Shot(TM)a combination vaccination that protects against West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western equine Encephalitis (WEE) and Tetanus.

"I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to interact and learn about the Navajo tribe," said Haynie, Territory Manager for the Southeast Region, Pfizer Animal Health. "It was an honor to share with them the quality Pfizer Animal Health products and information on how to better care for their animals."

Dr. Mobley has gone to New Mexico to help the Navajo tribe improve the care of their animals for the last couple years. According to Mobley, he has seen a tremendous difference in the care and the health of animals since he began his mission. Originally he approached Haynie about a possible vaccination donation from Pfizer Animal Health for the horses. However, when he then offered to have her join him, she couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"The Navajo people were completely appreciative and overwhelmed by the generosity that Pfizer Animal Health showed," said Haynie. "This was an amazing and unique opportunity to help people better care for their animals."

The Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous Native American homeland covering about 26,000 square miles, occupying all of northeastern Arizona, the southeastern portion of Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. It is the largest land area assigned primarily to the Native American jurisdiction within the United States.