AVMF Impact E-Newsletter

Fall 2021





Thanks to the support of generous, passionate donors like you, we are making a difference in the lives of animals and those who care for them. Your support allows the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to maintain and expand the scope of our charitable programs. Through your generosity and commitment, you can make a real impact.  


Helping animals in critical need due to wildfires
A minute with Dr. Doug McInnis, Chair of the AVMF Board of Advisors
Charitable veterinary medical care for military heroes
AVMA Veterinary First Responder Certificate Program
AVMF & Hill's Pet Nutrition: Working together to support veterinary students
Supporting military veterans
Merck Animal Health veterinary student scholarship
AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship Program
Pet Nutrition Alliance
Home for the Holidays – Holiday Safety Tips with Georgie
Why I Give

Providing help when needed during times of disaster 

Helping animals in critical need due to wildfires

Thanks to donors like you, the AVMF has been able to provide support to the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC). Having deployed to several major California wildfires during the past decade, CAVMRC has provided free veterinary care to the hundreds of displaced dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other animals in emergency shelters during declared disasters.




A minute with Dr. Doug McInnis, Chair of the AVMF Board of Advisors

"The last two years have certainly been challenging for us all. It is during these difficult times that I am proud to be a long-time supporter of the AVMF. Because of your generous donations to the foundation in 2020 and 2021, we have been able to impact the lives of many veterinary students through scholarships, assist fellow veterinarians in their time of need, assist communities being impacted by disasters, provide funding to assist and save the lives of animals requiring immediate medical care. Thanks for all you do to support those within your community."

Doug McInnis, DVM


Charitable veterinary medical care for military heroes

After returning home from a tour in Iraq, a military hero required a service dog to help support his treatment of PTSD. Sir Jaxon, a boxer mix was happy to serve. Not long after being placed in his forever home, Sir Jaxon began suffering from extreme neck pain and required veterinary medical care including pain medication and steroid injections. 



 Supporting the future of veterinary medicine 

AVMA Veterinary First Responder Certificate Program

There are no current national training standards for veterinary disaster and emergency first responders. As a result, it can be difficult for veterinarians to hit the ground running when they volunteer to serve on a local or regional disaster response team. Thanks to your generous donations, AVMF is able to help fill this gap with $80,000 in funding to create an AVMA certificate program for veterinary first responders.

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Working together to support veterinary students

The AVMF and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are supporting the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) with a scholarship program originally established in August 2020. Hill’s has made a new gift of $30,000 that was matched by the AVMF, for a total of $60,000 in new donations. TUCVM, which since its founding has educated 70 percent of the nation’s Black veterinarians, selects the scholarship awardees.


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Supporting military veterans

Congratulations to the five recipients of the 2020-2021 AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans. Five scholarships in the amount of $5,000 are awarded each year to military veterans pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary medicine.  




Merck Animal Health veterinary student scholarship

The 2021-2022 Merck Animal Health veterinary student scholarship application cycle opened on November 15, 2021, and closes on December 31, 2021. Fifty-four scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to current second and third-year veterinary students. 

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Supporting research to help animals live their best lives

AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship Program

The AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for currently enrolled veterinary students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience. Application deadline: January 7, 2022

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 Pet nutrition resources

Pet Nutrition Alliance

The AVMF is proud to support the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and its efforts to help pets live healthier lives. Now veterinarians and their care teams can access free nutrition resources – including dog and cat calorie calculators, a searchable library, and assessment guides. Pet owners, please ask your veterinarian about healthy options for your pets.

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Home for the Holidays – Holiday Safety Tips with Georgie

Holidays bring families and friends together We want you and your family to be safe and stay healthy. For holiday safety tips for your pets, check out these articles from the AVMA.

Winter holiday pet safety (avma.org) >>

Thanksgiving pet safety  (avma.org) >>

Healthy holiday gifts for pets (avma.org) >> 

 Donor spotlight

Why I Give

“The AVMA is my passion and my profession. By donating to the AVMF, I support those who share my passion and the animals they care for. I challenge you to join me in supporting the AVMF to support the education of more veterinary students, research to help improve animal health, grants to assist those impacted by disaster, and more charitable care so that all animals will receive the medical treatment they require."

Doug McInnis, DVM
Chair, AVMF Board of Advisors


Thank you to the AVMF Board of Directors and Board of Advisors and the greatest supporters of the AVMF.
We can’t do it without you.



José Arce, DVM 
Michael Q. Bailey, DVM 
George Bishop, DVM 
Karen Bradley, DVM 
Grace Bransford, DVM 
Mary Ergen, DVM 
Sandra Faeh, DVM 
Ronald E. Gill, DVM 
Arnold Goldman, DVM, MPH 
Robert Knapp, DVM

Douglas Kratt, Chair DVM 
Chuck Lemme, DVM 
Melanie Marsden, DVM 
Seyedmehdi Mobini, DVM 
Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP 
Sandy Willis, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM 
Kimberly Littleton Topper, MS 
John Pennell, DVM  
Karen L. Davis, DVM

Janet Donlin, DVM 
Heather Case, DVM, Vice Chair 
Larry Dee, DVM 
Joe DiPietro, DVM 
Clark Fobian, DVM 
Larry Kornegay, DVM 
Melanie A. Marsden, DVM 
Zachary Tooley
Doug McInnis, Chair DVM 


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