An evening cruise in Hawaii during the AVMA Annual Convention raised an estimated $21,000 to benefit the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
The Star of Hawaii sailed down the Waikiki coast July 16 to Diamond Head for a tropical evening voyage before returning to port.
Funds will benefit animal disaster preparedness and relief, which the AVMF has stressed for the past 10 years. In 2003, this became the AVMF's primary focus, with the goal of delivering uniform and consistent animal care in the face of disaster on the national, state, and local levels.
World Veterinary Association president, Dr. Leon H. Russell, won a fundraising raffle for a maquette (a small model of a work of art or piece of architecture) of "Team Effort," a sculpture located outside the AVMA headquarters building in Schaumburg, Ill. The life-size bronze depicts the human animal bond and embodies the hands-on approach to veterinary preventive medicine.