The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine announces its 50th Anniversary Campaign for veterinary excellence.
Bennie I. Osburn, dean of the School, states, "We are seeking $50 million to educate future veterinarians working on behalf of animal, human and environmental health. New sources of private funding are critical to improve aging physical facilities and achieve strategic visions for the next century."
Financial objectives include endowment funding to provide long-term support for faculty, research programs, veterinary student scholarships, and graduate student fellowships.
Roughly $6.5 million will help expand the Center for Companion Animal Health, a nationally recognized resource dedicated to advancing veterinary care for dogs, cats and other companion animals.
Additional capital improvements are being planned for new classrooms and upgraded laboratory facilities.
The School timed the official kickoff of the campaign to coincide with its 50th Anniversary celebration August 22. "As we reflect on our accomplishments," Osburn explains, "our historic celebration is a fitting time to plan for the future."
The campaign has already yielded several large contributions, primarily from individual donors. "We are fortunate to have many friends, including many individual animal lovers. With the help of agricultural organizations, charitable foundations, animal-related businesses, and our own graduates and faculty," according to Osburn. "We hope to reach our goal in time for the 50th reunion of the first graduating class in 2002."
The veterinary campaign is the most ambitious fund-raising venture in the history of UC Davis, where California’s only school of veterinary medicine resides. School officials hope that the campaign will also raise awareness about animal health care, wildlife science, human health issues, biotechnology advances, and other responsibilities of veterinary medicine. According to Osburn, "In addition to bringing in financial support, this campaign offers us new opportunities to inform Californians about the broad scope of veterinary medicine and health."
Osburn concludes, "We need to ensure affordable education for future veterinarians and new scientific breakthroughs to serve a global society. We hope the public, by responding to our appeal, will acknowledge that animals touch all our lives."
To learn more about the 50th
Anniversary Campaign, contact the School Development Office, (530) 752-7024.