Veterinary Research Donor Wall

The Enduring Bond: In 2003, Seattle-based sculptor Georgia Gerber created this life-size cast bronze statue, which was commissioned by the college in partnership with the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Welcoming hospital visitors, the statue depicts a young girl and dog and represents the power of the human-animal bond and the importance of veterinary research.

What is the donor wall?

The Veterinary Research Donor Wall recognizes contributions to support the clinical research efforts at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. In the fall of 2015, the college installed the donor wall near the small animal entrance to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to recognize specially designated contributions of $2,500 and above. These gifts support a new endowment for our research efforts across the college.

How will the donor wall funds be used?

Gifts to the donor wall are earmarked to create a brand-new endowment supporting veterinary clinical research. We have an ambitious plan to expand our facilities, add new research personnel, and increase the amount of clinical research we undertake. Donated funds will initially provide operational support for these goals. As we move toward our goals, the endowment will allow flexibility in responding to future needs.

What types of research will be supported?

Our active clinical research program aims to discover new and better methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that will improve the quality of life for current and future patients. Our Veterinary Clinical Research Office works with veterinary patients and their owners to facilitate research that advances human and animal health. Current projects address a wide range of health issues in dogs, cats, and horses, such as mitral valve disease, brain tumors, mammary cancer, hyperthyroidism, and invasive skin cancer.

Who can donate?

Anyone who would like to support our clinical research can donate, including private donors, foundations, corporations, and veterinary practices. Inscriptions on the donor wall can be tailored to fit your needs.

How can I make a contribution?

If you would like to donate, please contact our Development Office at vetdev@vt.edu or 540-231-0465.

If I donate once, can I increase my donation later?

Yes. The Veterinary Research Donor Wall recognizes donors at different levels. If you decide to increase your donation at a later date, we can increase your level of recognition on the donor wall.

Do I need to make a one-time donation, or can I donate cumulatively over time?

We accept both one-time and recurring donations split over as many as five years. The Veterinary Research Donor Wall will display contributors’ names once donations surpass 50% of the pledged amount.

What happens when the donor wall reaches capacity?

If we successfully fill the plaques with donor names, we plan to expand the name plaques onto the adjacent glass walls to accommodate additional donations. Eventually, the entire display may be relocated and expanded as part of planned hospital expansions.

What if I have previously donated to veterinary research at the college?

While this new fundraising initiative is necessary to put our research efforts on solid ground for years to come, we deeply appreciate past gifts to our clinical research program. If you have questions about how past gifts have helped us reach current milestones or if you’d like to make a new gift to support the Veterinary Research Donor Wall endowment, please contact Courtney Sibiga, Assistant Director of Development for Leadership Gifts, at csibiga@vt.edu or 540-231-4259.

Who do I contact for more information?

To learn more about the Veterinary Research Donor Wall, please contact our Development Office at vetdev@vt.edu or 540-231-0465.