March 3rd, 2014

Reaching Animals Across the Globe

by Amanda Barbeau, Sales Administrator, DePuy Synthes Trauma


Caring for the world, one person at a time, is what unites and inspires the people of Johnson & Johnson.  But for some of our employees, it’s not just about caring for people – it’s about caring for our animal friends as well.  Located in West Chester, PA, the DePuy Synthes Veterinary division develops and produces devices for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of animal skeletons and soft tissues. DePuy Synthes Vet recently had a unique opportunity to make an impact on animals’ lives across the world.

The team partnered with In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals, to supply a life-changing donation to their Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon. IDA-Africa’s mission is to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while promoting the social and cultural conditions that ensure great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats. The Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center is home to 74 apes, complete with a camp, education center and veterinary clinic.

One of the staff veterinarians, Dr. Gwendelyn Reyes-Illg, was introduced to one of our products at a conference training course, and quickly saw that the system met the needs of the chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon where she spent two months of the year volunteering her time to help injured apes. It was her work at the sanctuary that inspired her to learn fracture repair surgery. Many of the apes arriving into the Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center have experienced trauma and injuries that go untreated and just as in humans, result in a lesser quality of life.

Equipment is always ready at a moment’s notice for an animal in need. Dr. Reyes-Illg reached out the DePuy Synthes Vet team and by the end of the year, donated equipment had made its way to the Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center.

Regardless of two legs or four, feathers or fur, quality of life for every patient serves as a daily inspiration to our Johnson & Johnson teams.

Amanda Barbeau
Amanda Barbeau joined  DePuy Synthes Trauma in 2008 as an intern in the Product and Program Management group. Later that year, she became a full time member of the Trauma Sales Administration group in her current role as a Sales Administrator. Amanda’s main responsibility is to support the management of product in the field for the Trauma sales force. With a special interest in communication, she also supports the Trauma communication team.  Amanda earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University and is currently obtaining a M.S. in Health Communication with Boston University. She is a current member of the newly created Trauma Credo Action Committee.


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