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 Student Scholarship Awards

NEW! The CVMF/VISC Student Scholarship Award
This scholarship, funded by the Veterinary Insurance Services Company,  will be awarded to third and fourth year veterinary students at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine or California residents attending out-of-state AVMA accredited veterinary medical colleges. Application Process and Application
CVMF Awards Scholarships to UC Davis and
Western  Students for Shelter Service or Disaster Response
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 Fenstermaker
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.