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, Bodie

K9 Bodie saved the life of his Sacramento Police Officer, Officer Van Dusen on May 18, 2012, taking a bullet frm a suspect and allowing Officer Van Dusen to move in a safe direction and return fire. Bodie also stopped a dangerous gunman from escaping onto the grounds of an elementary school, which was in session with hundreds of children.
 
Bodie and Officer Van Dusen were in pursuit of a suspected car thief when the suspect shot Bodie in the jaw and paw. Van Dusen then fatally shot the suspect. Van Dusen immediately drove Bodie to VCA Animal Hospital in Rancho Cordova. Bodie nearly died on the way, losing most of the blood in his body.
 
The bullet shattered Bodie's lower left jaw bone, severed his tongue 60 percent of the way off, exited his right lip and entered his right paw, shattering his two middle toes. Bodie was in the veterinary hospital for one week before being released.
 
Officer Van Dusen spent every day and night with Bodie, sleeping on the floor of the dog kennel. Bodie had five major surgeries to repair the damage, including one in January 2013 to remove a ruptured spinal disk that occurred as a result of the shooting.
 
Bodie became the Sacramento Police Department's first ever Reserve Police K9 and serves as an ambassador for police and working dogs. He educates the public about the benefits of police canines and the bond shared between and them and their human partners.
 
"Bodie unselfishly saved my life and I will never be able to repay him," Officer Randy Van Dusen said.
 
 

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.
 
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 2014 the CVMF was pleased to present these awards to Sarah Reardon of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and to Jeannie Clark of the Western University School of Veterinary Medicine.
CVMA executive director Valerie Fenstermaker and Sarah Reardon of UC Davis
 
Jeannie Clark of Western University and CVMA president Dr. Ron Kelpe
 

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.