Philanthropy plays an essential role in the growth and development of the Virginia-Maryland Regional 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 priorities are to:
We need to act now to increase the number of highly qualified veterinarians. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the nation will face a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians within the next 20 years. With only 28 vet schools in the nation with space for only 90 students per class, we cannot keep up with the growing demand for veterinary care. Each veterinary college would have to grow its class size by 20%. The shortage not only affects your pets, but the nationís food safety and our public health. The only thing keeping us from increasing our class size is that we are already at full capacity and must grow our instructional space to accommodate this need.
We need to act now to increase our services to the community. Our hospital serves as a primary care facility for members of our community but also as a referral center for specialty care for clients and pets from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Right now, we are maintaining a full schedule of clients but for some services there is a four to six week wait. We know that health issues only get worse over time and that providing the best care possible starts with making a prompt appointment. Again, hospital space is the only factor that limits our possible case load.
We need to act now to increase valuable research in translational medicine. By employing the concept of translational medicine, we can learn more about animal health by gathering information from our hospital patients, apply our latest discoveries to those patients and, with success, also translate our findings into advances for human medicine. Learn more...
To continue offering the best education, service, and research, we need to grow. Soon, we will begin construction on a $90 million Translational Medicine Complex, which will include:
Your gift towards facility expansion will help us realize
our growth potential.
VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech, Duck Pond Drive (0442)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061