Giving to the Center

Giving to the Center

Portrait of Marion duPont Scott In 1981, Mrs. Marion duPont Scott made a $4 million gift to Virginia Tech to create the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. In addition to Mrs. Scott’s gift, the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation donated 200 acres of land at Morven Park, and several members of the equine community, including the late Mr. Paul Mellon, made generous gifts that allowed the center to make its initial equipment purchases. These gifts were only the beginning in a history of generosity that has allowed the Equine Medical Center to offer the best in diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to the nation’s horses.

Since the doors opened in 1984, the private sector has played a critical role in advancing the center by generously supporting its people and programs. Highlights include:

Named Endowments

  • Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director
  • Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Internal Medicine
  • Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Surgery
  • Michele L. Duke Chair in Emergency and Critical Care
  • White/Henderson Endowment for Staff Support

New Services Made Possible through Private Support

Clinical Equipment

  • UltrasoundA New Nuclear Scintigraphy Unit
  • A Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) which Stores all the Digital Images from Radiographs, MRI, Scintigraphy, and Ultrasound, and Allows Image Enhancement to Facilitate Diagnosis, Teaching, and Sharing Images on the Web or via E-mail with Referring Veterinarians and Colleagues
  • A Color-Flow Doppler Ultrasound Unit that Provides Extra Depth for Examinations of the Heart and Abdomen, with a High Frequency Ultrasound Head that Gives Exquisite Resolution for Examining Tendons and Ligaments
  • Computed Radiography
  • Gas Analyzer A Gas Analyzer which determines the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and anesthetic gas that the horse is exhaling while undergoing surgical procedures under general anesthesia. The anesthetist can adjust the machine to deliver the exact amount of anesthetic and make sure that the horse’s lungs are working properly.
  • A Hoist to Help Transfer Surgical Patients from the Operating Table to the Recovery Room, Increasing Safety for Both Horses and Personnel
  • A New Equine Sling
  • Electroacupuncture Unit
  • Large Fragment Internal Fixation System
  • An Arthroscopic Camera System which Provides Superb Pictures During Surgery with Simultaneous Digital Photos and Movies for Teaching
  • A Fluoroscope which Enables Safe and Accurate Fluoroscopy for Fracture Fixation and Vascular Surgery
  • An Endoscopic System with Video Capture that Creates Digital Images and Real-Time Video for Teaching Purposes and the Horse’s Medical Record

Capital Projects and Facility Improvements

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Isolation Unit
The Isolation Unit

Diagnostic Treadmill Building
The James P. Mills Diagnostic Treadmill Building

Farrier Shop
The Farrier Shop

Walk of Honor
The Memorial Garden & Walk of Honor

MRI Room
Renovations for a Specially-Designed MRI Room

Marin duPont Scott's Commemorative Room
Redecoration of Mrs. Marion duPont Scott’s Commemorative Room