Philanthropy plays an essential role in the growth and development of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. By helping us to advance our strategic priorities and fulfill our mission of training veterinarians, your gifts also benefit pet owners, industry, and society at large.
Our top five development goals are:
Translational medicine involves "translating" and accelerating laboratory findings into new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions in patients. A new Translational Medicine Building will bring together interdisciplinary faculty teams from three academic colleges—Veterinary Medicine, Science, and Agriculture and Life Sciences—to turn biomedical innovations into practical, clinical applications.
The Translational Medicine Building will house an expansion of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This growth will accommodate more clinical trials aimed at finding better methods of disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Close proximity to our Teaching Hospital will allow the use of animal models of disease and advance a comparative health sciences approach to improving human and animal health. Other areas of the building will be dedicated to laboratories and will be shared between the three academic colleges. The total project cost is estimated to be $55 million, of which $6.2 million must be privately raised by the veterinary college.
The college is fortunate to have faculty of such renown that they are constantly being courted by other institutions. It is our goal to provide both the prestige and the additional support to ensure that our brightest and best remain here.
The Equine Medical Center in Leesburg was founded in 1984 and is a world-class facility serving equine clients in the mid-Atlantic region. While the EMC has kept pace with the acquisition of state-of-the-art biomedical equipment, the hospital facility itself is in need of attention and has not had a major renovation since opening. In 2014, the 30th anniversary of its founding will kick off a campaign to refresh the entire facility.
The cost of higher education has gone up dramatically over the years. To ensure that our students are not handicapped with unreasonable debt, our scholarship support is crucial. Currently we award $700,000 to $1 million each year in student support. We increased our class size by 25 percent in 2012, and we need to similarly increase our ability to support our students.
Our mission is to continue to offer the best curriculum and experiences to make our students competitive upon graduation. Our Community Practice service was established in 2007 to provide more hands-on, preventive health care experience. We now have an opportunity to partner with the Humane Society of D.C. to provide even more real-life, hands-on experience for our students in a busy urban setting. Funds are being raised to help house students who opt to embrace this opportunity.
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
225 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061