Dr. Martha Davis, owner of Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital in San Rafael, says their donations to the Companion Animal Memorial Fund bring great comfort to clients who have lost a pet.
Veterinary Practices Honor Human-Animal Bond
Losing beloved companion animals is heart-wrenching, but finding a way to honor them provides some degree of comfort. In appreciation of the Human Animal Bond Month in September, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recognizes four California veterinary clinics as founding members and top contributors to the Companion Animal Memorial Fund, established in 1985.
These clinics honor patients that have passed on with a philanthropic contribution to the fund, which supports research at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH). This research improves the health and well-being of dogs, cats, birds and other companion animals and seeks new treatments and cures for ailments such as infectious diseases, cancer, kidney and heart disease.
Among the clinics recognized are: the Coffee Road Veterinary Clinic of Modesto, Cross Street Animal Veterinary Hospital of Tulare, Balboa Pet Hospital of San Francisco, and Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital of San Rafael.
“Being able to support our clients through a difficult time in a way that also provides support to improve animal health has been a wonderful program for our clinic and has meant much to our clients,” said Steven L. Baker, DVM, owner of the Coffee Road Veterinary Clinic.
When Martha Davis, DVM, took over ownership of the Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital in 1998, she continued the legacy of giving in memory of each patient that passed on.
“It really means a lot to our clients,” Davis said. “Even years after a pet’s passing, we have clients who come back to say how much it touched them when they received a letter from UC Davis saying that we donated to honor their pet.”
Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, director of CCAH said the memorial program remains a win-win situation for everyone.
"Clients whose pets are honored respond uniformly in a positive manner, both toward their veterinarians and to our use of the gift money to improve the health of small companion animals,” Pedersen said.
Over 300 participating clinics throughout California and other Western states support more than $260,000 in research at CCAH through memorial gifts each year.
“The continuing support of these clinics not only funds research on specific diseases but has also allowed us to start new programs, such as hemodialysis and physical therapy,” said Michael Kent, DVM, associate director of CCAH. “The partnership we have with these clinics also allows us to recognize and honor individual dogs, cats, birds and other small animals that people have cared for and loved. I think it really shows the commitment they have not only to their patients but to advancing veterinary care for all animals.”
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