About the Fund

The Veterinary Memorial Fund was founded in 1985 through a cooperative effort of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), and was later enhanced with the addition of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

The fund exists to help pet owners and families cope with the grief associated with the passing of their loved ones and to raise funds to support scientific investigations which improve the quality of health care available for future generations.

The Veterinary Memorial Fund receives contributions made by:

  • Veterinarians and owners in memory/honor of a pet
  • Families and friends in memory/honor of a person

VVMA MVMA The Veterinary Memorial Fund was created to transform an emotionally difficult period into something which is beneficial for all concerned. The bereaved are comforted through the realization that something positive has risen from an otherwise painful event, and medical knowledge is advanced. Due to the program's popularity, it has been expanded to also include human memorials, as well as to honor both pets and humans.

Since its founding, the Veterinary Memorial Fund has raised $1,125,000, funds that have supported over 100 different projects designed to foster improved veterinary medical care for our beloved pets. The Veterinary Memorial Fund has helped scientists develop knowledge, improve procedures, and perfect techniques in areas such as arthritis, imaging technologies, cancer chemotherapy, pain relief, reproduction, clinical nutrition, blood banking, ophthalmology, allergy, spinal disease, antibiotic therapy, nephrology, wound healing, dental disease, equine laminitis, and surgery.

For more information, contact:
Dr. E. Frank Pearsall, II
VA-MD Vet Med, Office of Development
225 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Veterinary Memorial Fund bronze statue
The unveiling of the Veterinary
Memorial Fund bronze statue
was held in the Fall of 2005.
The statue is situated on a
Hokie-stone pedestal in the
entrance lobby of the college’s
Veterinary Teaching Hospital.