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$160 Million Fundraising Milestone Reached

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This chart provides a breakdown of funds received by gift purpose.

A Note from Dean Lairmore

The School of Veterinary Medicine just reached an unprecedented milestone. We have successfully achieved our ambitious goal of raising $160 million in philanthropic gifts as part of The Campaign for UC Davis, an 8-year comprehensive fundraising effort encompassing all campus schools, colleges, and programs.  More than half of this total— over $80 million—was directed to research and program support, and nearly 20 percent went to help our students.

Contributions from generous donors are critical to advancing the health of animals, people and the environment we all share. Reaching this goal is a testament both to the extraordinary generosity of our friends, grateful clients, alumni and corporate partners and to the experience, skills and knowledge of you—our faculty, staff and students.  Thank you so much for your outstanding work and dedication! 

I wish to recognize Dean Emeritus Bennie Osburn, former Assistant Dean Kelly Nimtz and Assistant Dean Tom Venturino for their tremendous efforts in accomplishing this goal. I am proud that our school played a significant role in contributing to the overall success of The Campaign for UC Davis. Chancellor Linda Katehi has done an exceptional job of instilling a culture of philanthropy across our campus, and we have all benefitted from her leadership.

Contributions from more than 14,000 donors reflect confidence in what we do, an appreciation for our accomplishments, and an investment in our future. As I listen to donors, I hear their passions as they talk about their experiences with us. Their inspirations for giving are many. Our clients have been touched by the compassionate care many of you have provided for their beloved pets. Others were inspired by our commitment to educate future veterinary leaders and by our work to discover new knowledge.

Gifts of all sizes have made a real impact in helping us accomplishing our mission. Some highlights include:

Regenerative Medicine:  Dick and Carolyn Randall played a major role in launching the regenerative medicine program in veterinary medicine. Thanks to their continuing generosity, our school has become a leader in this area. 

Wildlife Health:  Karen and Phil Drayer established a perpetual endowment that advances the health of wildlife well into the future. The newly named Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center is a fitting legacy to their passion and commitment to wildlife.

Equine Health:  A bequest from Carol Green created the Sundance Ranch Endowment, which supports biological and  medically based research to help find a cure for systemic diseases of the horse, such as laminitis. 

Pioneering Treatment:  The DMARLOU Foundation in memory of Dorothy and Martell Kaliski contributed a lead gift for the purchase of the new TrueBeamTM linear accelerator, offering the latest treatment advances in fighting cancer.

Endowed Chairs:  A bequest from Maxine B. Adler established endowments creating two new endowed chairs, one in genetics and the other in oncology. Endowed chairs are at the heart of academic achievement—supporting faculty teaching, research and public service.

Scholarships:  Alumni invested in the future of veterinary medicine by generously giving back to our school. The Classes of 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1999 created 13 new endowed scholarships, supporting the next generation of world leaders in our profession.

Our philanthropic partners have helped us sustain our position as the leader in veterinary medicine and animal care. I’m energized by what we have accomplished and look forward to the future, imagining the opportunities that may be created with continued support.