WESTBROOK — IDEXX Laboratories employees are being encouraged to take two paid days a year to volunteer in their communities.

Chief Executive Officer Jon Ayers was scheduled to announce the new policy this morning at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. The company, headquartered in Westbrook, makes health care products for animals.

The policy is an offer to nearly 5,000 employees worldwide, including roughly 1,600 employees in Maine.

The policy could result in up to 3,330 volunteer days in Maine, which translates to a full-time employee working every day for nine years, the company announced.