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.

Disaster Reimbursement Grants for Veterinarians

The CVMF provides reimbursement grants to veterinarians for out-of-pocket emergency medical care and expenses for animals injured or displaced by disasters. To view the guidelines and submit a request for reimbursement, please click here.


Donate to the CVMF to Aid Animals in Disaster

The CVMA’s disaster response program, the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC), received a 14-day mission to provide veterinary medical care and assistance to animals injured and displaced by the Camp Fire in Butte County. For updates, follow the CAVMRC on Facebook and Twitter #CAVMRC.

Hundreds of CAVMRC members were deployed, with a rotation of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants working in shifts at animal shelter locations each day. They provided veterinary triage and emergency medical care to over 2,000 sheltered animals. Our members also visited a half dozen human shelters, which included animals, to ensure that animal needs were met in each of them. The worst cases were sent to veterinary hospitals in or outside of the area for urgent medical care or for care that was beyond what the CAVMRC could provide in the field. CAVMRC veterinarians also examined and treated the Cal-OES search and rescue dog team.

Many more veterinary professionals were scheduled to continue our volunteer effort through Wednesday, November 21, the end of our assigned mission.

We appreciate all of our volunteers for their dedication and service. It is truly an amazing effort.

Our hearts go out to all of the people and animals who have lost so much and to all of the emergency responders and many volunteers for their ongoing efforts.

Donations can be made to the CVMF to assist with our disaster response efforts.

The California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) provides funds to help animals in disasters by:

• Purchasing veterinary medical supplies.
• Supporting our Medical Reserve Corps.
• Allowing veterinarians who help animal victims in their practice to apply for reimbursement for supplies and services.

The California Medical Reserve Corps is the largest veterinary medical reserve corps in the country. The CAVMRC provides veterinary professionals with the training and credentialing necessary to deploy under state authorities during declared emergencies. For more information about the CAVMRC or to volunteer, please visit

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CVMF Donates $500 To CVMA's 2018 Animal Hall of Fame Winner, Ricochet

Ricochet has a special gift. Not only can she surf, but she provides therapy to people with disabilities by providing connection through her sport. Although she was first slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, she found her true calling as a SURFice© Dog, working with adaptive surfing organizations and special needs children. In addition, she has more than two years of service dog training and over eight years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She is a registered therapy dog and is involved with the Emotional Support Dog Program.

There is no shortage of testaments from people Ricochet has helped. She has provided therapeutic assistance to returning military personnel readjusting to civilian life, including a combat veteran with PTSD and who barely spoke; she has helped children with special needs come out of their shell and be social; and she has even taught them to surf, not an easy task!

As described by her owner, Judy Fridono, “There is a strong bond between Ricochet and the people she interacts with that defies present day scientific understanding. She not only provides affection, loyalty, and security, but she knows what each individual needs and she delivers it. She balances boards AND lives!”


CVMF Student Scholarship Awards

The CVMF Ron Faoro DVM Student Scholarship Award

The CVMF awards $1,000 scholarships to second, third or fourth-year veterinary students for their role in leadership or the human-animal bond. Applicants should be students in good standing at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine or the Western University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Applications will be accepted from February 1 through April 12, 2019 for this year's award! Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners! The Human-Animal Bond role recipients are Rowena Kuang from UC Davis and Carrie Herrema from Western University. The recipients in the Leadership category are Michael Hung from UC Davis and Hygan Baghoyan from Western University.

The CVMF/VISC Student Scholarship Award

This scholarship, funded by the Veterinary Insurance Services Company (VISC),  is 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.

Applications will be accepted from February 1 - April 12, 2019 for this year's award! Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients - Cosette Faivre, Marlene Haggblade, Michael Hung, Paige Livingston, Jacob Merryman, Hayley Sullivan, and Ashley Walker!

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 2018 the CVMF was pleased to present these awards to Naomi Barney of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and to Meaghan Mielo of the Western University School of Veterinary Medicine.
From left - Dr. Diane Craig, CVMA President; WU winner, Meaghan Mielo; Dr. Diane McClure, CAVMRC; Dr. Marshall Scott, CVMF Board