AVMF Impact E-Newsletter

Spring 2021





Thank you for your support of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's mission. Through your generosity, we are able to provide charitable veterinary care, disaster relief, veterinary student scholarships, and research grants that help veterinarians help animals. AVMF Impact is a quarterly newsletter featuring stories and news articles about the impact that your contributions have made. Subscribe today to receive AVMF Impact in your email inbox.


Your Contributions in Action: CA Search and Rescue
A Minute with Dr. John Howe - Chair, AVMF Board of Directors
AVMF Provides Disaster Relief in Times of Need
Pet Owners Get Help via Veterinary Charitable Care Fund Program
Helping Students Reach their Dreams
Research to Help Animals Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Ways to Include AVMF in Your Estate Planning
Why I Give - Kimberly Littleton Topper, MS
Donor Wall of Fame

Your Contributions in Action: California Search and Rescue

Sophie the German Shephard (pictured left) was spotted by a search and rescue team volunteer, trapped in an abandoned garden last summer during the California wildfires. The garden had water, but she did not. Her whiskers were burned, and she was starving. What could have been the end for Sophie wound up being a new beginning.


A Minute with Dr. John Howe - Chair, AVMF Board of Directors

It has been my pleasure to serve as chair of the AVMF Board of Directors during such a challenging and eventful time. I know many have been impacted by natural disasters last year with wildfires and hurricanes and recently the unprecedented cold weather that hit several portions of the United States. And, then there’s the COVID-19 pandemic which seems to bring about new questions and concerns each day.


AVMF Provides Disaster Relief in Times of Need

From the COVID-19 pandemic to wildfires and floods, natural disasters can strike at any time – with immediate and potentially long-lasting effects on animals and those who care for them. AVMF was able to assist the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during the winter storm that recently immobilized parts of the country. Veterinarians, students, and educational programs can count on the AVMF for disaster relief funding to help with rescue, sheltering, and other emergency care efforts.

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Pet Owners Get Help via Veterinary Care Charitable Fund Program

Many people are experiencing financial hardship, which is affecting their ability to pay for necessary medical care for their pets. There has never been more of a need for charitable veterinary care, and the AVMF would like to thank those clinics who have provided much needed care in their communities throughout 2020 and 2021.

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Helping Students Reach their Dreams

By investing in the education of America's veterinary students, we can all play a role in ensuring that future veterinarians have the skills and training necessary to treat our pets, safeguard our food supply and protect public health. AVMF scholarships make an impact on veterinary students by empowering them to achieve their goals in veterinary medicine and by recognizing and rewarding individuals who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their education.

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Research to Help Animals Live Longer, Healthier Lives

Animal health research is crucial to the future of veterinary medicine. The AVMF devotes efforts to raising financial support for research projects that will help lead to improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of prevalent, life-threatening diseases in animals.

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Ways to Include AVMF in Your Estate Planning

You can ensure that your love of animals lives on. Legacy gifts are a wonderful way to give back. Please consider how you can continue to support AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. You’ll be helping to advance the field of veterinary medicine, provide disaster relief in times of need, and ensure the future of the profession.

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Why I Give

“I volunteer and donate to the AVMF because veterinary medicine has been part of my life for the past 45 years, and it has given us a wonderful life.  I believe in the Foundation programs, like the student scholarships and the Veterinary Charitable Care Fund.  I especially support the Auxiliary Scholarship and the Military Scholarship as these two areas have been a large part of our lives.  Become a part of something that supports the veterinary profession, students, and animals - donate to the AVMF.” - Kimberly Littleton Topper, MS


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.



John Howe, DVM, Chair 
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, 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, Chair


Janet Donlin, DVM
Ginger K. Brainard, Ph.D
Heather Case, DVM, Vice Chair
Larry Dee, DVM
Joe DiPietro, DVM
Clark Fobian, DVM
Larry Kornegay, DVM
Melanie A. Marsden, DVM
Hidayah Martinez-Jaka 
Doug McInnis, DVM