The California Veterinary Medical Foundation is a non-profit, charitable, organization that was formed by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 1995. It is devoted to helping the animals in California, especially during disasters. The Foundation is completely funded by donations.
The CVMF funds the California Animal Hall of Fame Award recipient annually as well as the Student Scholarship Award to veterinary students at UC Davis and Western University. The Foundation also supplies funding for the following: California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC) for disaster training; printing of disaster preparedness brochures for animal owners, and; reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses to veterinarians during disasters.
This provides an avenue to honor or memorialize an animal in a meaningful way and recognize the value of the human animal bond.
Expanding this program, it is also a way to recognize an outstanding client or a friend that has accomplished a goal or a colleague that you wish to have honored or recognized. As with the pet donations, the Foundation will send a personalized letter to the individual advising them of your generosity and thoughtfulness.
Your tax deductible donation to this gift program will help fund the purposes of the Foundation, such as educating the public on animal health care needs and services and providing aid to animals during disasters.
Devoted to Helping Animals in California
The California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) is a non-profit organization established to sponsor and nurture kindness, education and well-being for all animals and people and their environment.
CVMF Donates $500 To CVMA's Animal Hall of Fame Winner, Sophie
Sophie, a terrier therapy dog, is 14-year-old former street dog from Mexico City. She was brought north by a rescue group at age three and adopted by Dr. Don Conkling and his wife, Brenda. The Conklings took Sophie to obedience and agility classes, where Sophie was very friendly and easily distracted by anyone on the sidelines with treats. One of the trainers suggested that Sophie might make a good therapy dog, and within six months, Sophie and Dr. Conkling were certified as Pet Partners.
Dr. Conkling began doing assistance dog therapy with Sophie. The pair eventually advanced to hospice animal therapy for patients that were dying. Hospice animal therapy became their favorite. Sometimes just being there with someone is Sophie's most important job. Read more
CVMF Awards Scholarships to
UC Davis and Western U Students
Each year the California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) presents scholarship awards to third or fourth year veterinary students at both veterinary schools in California who show outstanding service in veterinary medicine at a city or county animal shelter, or during a recognized California disaster response effort.
In May 2013 the CVMF was pleased to present these awards to Sharon Ostermann of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and to Brittany Yates of the Western University School of Veterinary Medicine.
(left to right) Former CVMA president Dr. Chris Cowing, Sharon Ostermann of UC Davis and CVMA executive director Valerie Fenstermake
Brittany Yates of Western University and CVMF president Dr. Ron Faoro
CVMF Provides Aid for Disaster Response & Preparedness
No one wants their animals to become the victims of a disaster. The CVMF is working to prevent this from happening by providing relief and aid in the interest of animal health in the event of a disaster. They will accomplish this by working with the CVMA's Disaster Preparedness Committee and by providing funds for:
• Promoting awareness and preparedness for the public and the veterinary community.
• Providing housing and veterinary medical care of animals that are temporarily homeless.
• Using mobile temporary facilities for veterinarians, as needed.
• Supporting search and rescue animal team operations.
The CVMF generously funds the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC) programs and projects. The CAVMRC provides veterinary professionals with the training and credentialing necessary to support animal health and public health. Then CAVMRC-trained volunteers help animals when disasters strike in California.