Giving to the Center

Equine Medical Center Priorities

The Equine Medical Center has a history of being at the forefront of discovery and scholarship in key areas of equine veterinary medicine. To sustain our standing as a world-class equine clinical and research facility, we must capitalize on our strengths and make investments in people and programs that set new standards in the rapidly changing environment of veterinary medicine. We have identified several priorities that will guide our efforts now and in the future.

  • We will maintain our standard of excellence in specialized equine veterinary care by keeping our facility current, investing in state-of-the-art equipment, and ensuring that our faculty and staff have the training and experience they need to provide capable and compassionate care for our patients. Annual gifts are critical to our success in this area.
  • We will expand our research infrastructure in both facilities and personnel to investigate the problems we see every day in the hospital and translate our research discoveries into new treatments. With an Endowed Graduate Research Fellowship, we will have a permanent source of support for training and mentoring the next generation of equine researchers.
  • We will grow the operating endowment to provide annual support for efforts that sustain the Center’s mission. The operating endowment will provide long-term financial stability and offer a predictable source of income for funding new initiatives.

With your support, the Equine Medical Center can advance the standard of equine health care and invent the future for horses.

Your gift will have a real impact on our ability to provide quality and innovative care to the thousands of horses admitted into our hospital this year and in the years to come.

Please consider becoming a partner in our progress by making a gift of any size to support any of the following areas of the Center:

Descriptions of Each Fund

General Support

Gifts designated to the Equine Medical Center’s General Support Fund are used at the director’s discretion to address the center’s highest priorities. In any given year, these can include purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for the hospital, providing training for faculty and staff, and enhancing the facility with important upgrades.

Emergency Medicine

Quality care and rapid response time often mean the difference between life and death for the sick or injured horse. The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center has fulfilled a critical need in the region serving as the only 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, equine emergency facility within a 200 mile radius. The emergency service at the Equine Medical Center admits an average of two to three critically ill and injured horses per day. The most common types of emergency cases are colic, fractures, lacerations, neurological disorders, and infectious diseases.

Our trained and dedicated specialists work around the clock to provide these horses with exceptional treatment. Gifts to the Emergency Medicine Fund enable us to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and supplies to ensure that these horses receive the best possible care.

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine at the Equine Medical Center encompasses all disciplines where a horse is required to perform at its best. Many of the horses that visit our hospital are high-performing athletes that, for one reason or another, are not reaching their full potential.

Our clinicians are skilled in diagnosing and treating a number of common - and uncommon - problems that affect a horse’s performance, including lameness, upper airway disorders, bone chips, tendon lesions, and hoof imbalances. Gifts to the Sports Medicine Fund help ensure that the Equine Medical Center has the latest diagnostic tools to help return horses to peak performance.

Veterinary Learning

The Equine Medical Center’s clinicians are committed to providing excellent care for our equine patients while fostering a learning environment for visiting scholars, residents, interns, and 4th-year veterinary students.

Donors to the Veterinary Learning Fund help provide stipends and research support to residents in equine internal medicine and surgery. The center’s faculty, in conjunction with faculty at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Blacksburg and College Park campuses, instruct residents in all aspects of clinical care and applied research during their three-year appointments. Because of its varied caseload, the hospital offers veterinary students a comprehensive and rigorous program of study that trains them well for their careers in clinical service or research. This effort in teaching keeps the faculty and staff abreast of the newest developments in equine medicine and surgery, and helps ensure the most sophisticated levels of care for our equine patients.

Equine Research

The Equine Medical Center’s faculty members conduct research and develop new preventative methods and treatments for problems such as colic, tendon and ligament injuries, upper airway disorders, and neurological diseases. The center also plays an important role in detecting and controlling infectious disease outbreaks, thereby protecting the financial viability of the equine industry.

By supporting our equine research program, you are helping our scientists purchase laboratory equipment and supplies for our 2,500-square-foot state-of-the-art research laboratory, where our faculty members are now able to study disease processes at the molecular level. The knowledge gained through this research will be directly applied to the problems that our veterinarians see in the hospital every day.

Our scientists are making progress in understanding diseases such as colic and tendon injuries, and we look forward to sharing our findings with you and other horse owners as we learn more.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Endowment

Endowment funds form the backbone of financial well-being at the center. Created for the purpose of generating a stream of income in perpetuity, endowment funds can be counted on in good or stormy financial weather and may be viewed as a permanent savings account. By spending only a portion of the income from the endowment funds and reinvesting remaining earnings for future growth, Virginia Tech is able to provide inflation-adjusted support for professorships and other programs for as long as the university exists. All gifts to endowment are held in the university’s consolidated endowment fund, which is managed by an investment committee.

Gifts to the hospital’s endowment help ensure that we have the resources we need to enhance our services, upgrade our facilities, pursue cutting-edge research projects, and purchase the latest equipment and technology.

Read about how your gift to our endowment is managed.


If you are interested in helping us invest in state-of-the-art equipment, please contact Richard Gargagliano at 703-771-6844 for a list of current needs.

Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden was established at the Equine Medical Center in 2001 as a place of quiet reflection for clients, visitors, and staff. The Walk of Honor is a permanent tribute to people, horses, and other animal friends whom donors have chosen to honor or memorialize.

Tributes include:

  • Engraved Brick (with 1 or 2 lines of text) - $100
  • Boxwood Bush and Plaque - $150
  • Tree and Plaque - $1,800