The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is funding disaster relief for people and animals impacted by Hurricane Ida, as well as scholarships at Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine – thanks to generous gifts from Hill's Pet Nutrition and individual donors.
Disaster aid for veterinarians and animals
Dozens of donors have contributed to the Foundation’s disaster relief fund in the wake of Hurricane Ida, according to AVMF officials. The donations include a $10,000 gift from Hill's Pet Nutrition, which will support disaster relief work by the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART). The gift is being matched by an equal amount from the AVMF itself – for a total gift of $20,000.
In addition to funding relief work by organizations like LSART, the AVMF provides individual grants that help veterinarians, veterinary students, and animals needing medical care in times of disaster. With the Northern Atlantic hurricane season at its peak and wildfires still burning in the West, AVMF officials say every donation helps them get aid to those who need it.
If you are able to make a donation as well, please give what you can at avmf.org/Donate.
“We are grateful to Hill’s for helping our Foundation support people and animals in Louisiana at this time of great need,” said Dr. Douglas Kratt, AVMF chair and AVMA immediate past president. “We also thank the generous AVMA members who have stepped up to support their fellow members with donations in the aftermath of this devastating storm.”
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Tuskegee scholarships bolstered by Hill’s and AVMF gifts
Hill's and the AVMF also have teamed up to make an additional donation to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine scholarship program they announced in August 2020. Hill’s new gift of $30,000 is being matched by the AVMF, for a total of $60,000 in new donations.
Tuskegee has educated 70 percent of the nation’s Black veterinarians since its founding. Its veterinary scholarship committee selects individual award recipients.
Learn more about AVMF scholarship programs.