Center for Companion Animal Health

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Special Gift Programs

Memorials and Tributes (by individuals)

Individuals may choose to make a donation as a tribute to, or in memory of, a beloved pet, friend or family member. Donors are acknowledged (if desired) in a special letter from the Director of the CCAH which is then sent to the honored person or family telling of the tribute or memorial gift that will benefit companion animal health studies. See the printable mail-in contribution form which has a section specifically for this thoughtful gesture.Photo of Brittany Spaniel

Brittany DNA Studies  

The Marvin D. Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund has been endowed at the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) in memory of Marvin D. Nelson Jr. who died May 31, 2004. The Nelson family established this memorial as a tribute to the three generations of Nelsons who helped make the breed great. The goal of this program is to establish a substantial endowment which will generate income to support studies that have long-lasting benefits for the Brittany. The purpose is to better understand traits and prevent inherited defects, cancer and other genetic diseases related to the Brittany. As of January 2012 more than $54,000 has been given toward this endowment.

Monetary donations of $500 or more will be recognized on the Marvin D. Nelson Jr. Memorial Plaque hanging in the CCAH building. Anyone may donate to this endowment, just specify in your donation "support for the CCAH Marvin D. Nelson Memorial Fund."  To make a donation please contact the Development Office or use our online  CCAH contribution form and note in the "comment" box the program to which you want to donate.

More information about the research supported by the Marvin D. Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund.

Companion Animal Memorial Fund (by Veterinary Clinics)

The Companion Animal Memorial Fund (CAMF) program is for veterinary clinics and practitioners. Participating clinics send the names of their clients who have recently lost a precious companion animal to the Center for Companion Animal Health together with a donation in their honor from the clinic. A special letter from the Director of the CCAH is sent to the person or family telling of the memorial gift that will benefit companion animal health studies. Each year, more than 325 participating clinics contribute in excess of $150,000 through memorial gifts for clinical health studies that will improve their ability to better serve their clients. Please contact the Development Office for additional information.

More Ways to Give

CCAH Brick Campaign

For gifts of $100 or $250, you can place an inscribed brick in our Edna's Park patio to permanently honor a pet or a special friend. For complete information including a downloadable donation form please click on CCAH Brick Campaign. If you have additional questions please contact the Development Office.

Forever Friends Wall Plaques

For gifts of $1,500, $3,000, or $5,000, you can have a personalized photo plaque placed on our beautiful "Forever Friends" wall at the Center for Companion Animal Health. Please contact the Development Office for additional information.

Equipment and Facility Enhancement Drive

Name a Room: For gifts of $10,000 or more, donors may choose to "name a room" within our center, honoring their family, a friend or in memory/tribute to a favorite companion animal. In addition gifts to complete the animal hemodialysis unit and furnish faculty and resident offices are needed. To participate, please contact the Development Office.

Friends of Companion Animals: Contributors of $1,000 or more of gifts designated for health studies (annual gifts) are recognized as members of the "Friends of Companion Animals" gift club. These "Friends" are included in invitation-only special events and periodic personal update letters from the Director of the CCAH. Donors of $5,000 or more receive periodic information on the status of studies in which they indicate an interest.

The Heritage Society for Animals: Many contributors to the CCAH have chosen to make provision for a future gift through their wills, trusts or a planned gift agreement. In recognition of this thoughtful gesture, the School of Veterinary Medicine honors such good friends by including them as members of the Heritage Society for Animals. Members may arrange to have a nameplate and dedication on the large plaque displayed in the Small Animal Clinic. A membership luncheon, with a program and animal clinic tour, is held every spring.