posted July 13, 2011
Equine research and teaching at Texas A&M University got a boost this summer thanks to a $2.5 million challenge grant. The university will be responsible for raising the additional $2.5 million.
The Burnett Foundation awarded the funding to the Texas A&M University Foundation for the university's Equine Initiative. This is a collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Animal Science at TAMU. The gift will help establish it as a premier equine program, according to a June 11 press release.
The Equine Initiative has plans to graduate industry leaders and generate research on veterinary medical care that will improve the equine industry and horse welfare. It is built on four major imperatives: curriculum enhancement, outreach and engagement expansion, facility construction, and partnership development.
The grant was given in honor of Dr. Glenn P. Blodgett, a leader in equine veterinary medicine and a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus of the veterinary college, establishing the Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair.
A 1974 graduate of the college, Dr. Blodgett has worked as a large animal veterinarian for more than 35 years. Since 1982, Dr. Blodgett has been the resident veterinarian and horse division manager for Burnett Ranches in Guthrie, Texas. Under his leadership, the ranch has produced and developed some of the most recognized racing and western performance Quarter Horses worldwide.