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Buck-A-Year Program Supports Veterinary Students
Dear TVMA Members,
This past week, you received an update through the mail about the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) Buck-a-Year program. You may remember that the Buck-A-Year Program lends support to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program (VMSRTP), which exposes veterinary students to cutting-edge research within the veterinary profession.
Generous contributions to the Buck-A-Year program enable veterinary students like 2016 grant recipients Courtney Smith and Hannah Klein to gain valuable research experience as undergraduate veterinary students. The research field can be immensely intimidating for veterinary students, so the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects under the direction of a seasoned veterinary mentor is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience—and one that would not be possible for many of these students without help from the Buck-A-Year program.
With your partnership and through such programs as this, together we are making a difference for veterinary colleagues, the pet-owning public across Texas and future veterinarians.
Every gift matters. Every gift impacts. Your gift also makes a difference for veterinary students like Cade L., who recently benefited from an emergency student assistance grant.
Cade is a third-year veterinary student at Texas A&M. This past September, his wife, Katelyn, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Faced with mounting medical bills, including travel back and forth to MD Anderson in Houston, Cade and Katelyn were unsure how they would pay for her treatments. Through the Emergency Student Assistance Grant, TVMF is helping Cade and Katelyn defray some of their expenses so Katelyn can receive the treatment she needs while Cade continues his studies at A&M.
Your willingness to support our efforts inspires others to have faith in what we do and offer their support. We could not do what we do without generosity like yours.
For your convenience, we have several options that make giving to programs like Buck-A-Year easier than ever. The contribution form you received by mail may be returned with your check or credit card information, or you also may make a gift online by visiting tvmf.org (hyperlink: https://tvma.azurewebsites.net/Affiliates/TVMF/Donations). Please choose what works best for you!
We value our relationship and appreciate the trust you have placed in the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF). Thank you, friend!
J. Scott Mellina, DVM
Board President, Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation
TVMF PALS Continues to Make a Difference for Homebound Community Members
Did you know that approximately 50% of Meals on Wheels (MOW) clients live alone? For many homebound clients, their pets are their primary companions, providing them with unconditional love and support. However, many MOW clients are unable to afford regular veterinary care for their pets. Through the TVMF PALS program, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) is partnering with MOW to provide veterinary care free of charge to these pets, like Pocket and Mojo, ensuring they will remain happy, healthy and in their homes for as long as possible.
Ms. Brown has been a Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) client since 2008. She has always loved animals of all kinds and has had a variety of pets in the past, including cats, hamsters and a guinea pig named Forrest Gump. Ms. Brown’s Papillons Mojo and Pocket are the light of her life. They started receiving MOWCT PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) services in 2010 when Ms. Brown adopted them. She receives a monthly supply of dog food for them, as well as annual veterinary care through the TVMF PALS program. In 2016, both Pocket and Mojo had much needed dental cleanings at North Austin Animal Hospital, the TVMF partner veterinary clinic that also provides their annual care. As you can see from the photo, they are a happy little family!
The TVMF PALS program is making a difference for community members like Ms. Brown, Pocket and Mojo. However, despite our efforts, many homebound community members are at risk of losing their beloved animal companions, and these animals are in danger of landing in local shelters. With your help, we can better serve our neighbors and their animal family members. Please consider lending your support today. Every gift has impact. Every gift is helping to change lives.
Thanks to all of our corporate and community partners who help make this program possible: Antech, IDEXX, Merial, Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Foundation, On Shore Foundation, Donald D. Hammill Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation and the Dr. Scholl Foundation.
Commitment and Passion Fuel the TVMF Mission
TVMF Trustee Spotlight: Tracy McAdoo, DVM
As the charitable partner of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) has been dedicated to caring for animals, educating community members and supporting veterinarian professionals throughout the state of Texas for 37 years through one or more of its mission-driven programs.
As a nonprofit organization, TVMF relies on the generosity of the veterinary profession and animal lovers. Throughout the history of the Foundation, the board of trustees also has been an integral part of building strong community-based partnerships and programs that benefit both animals and humans alike.
This month, TVMF is highlighting Board Trustee Tracy McAdoo, DVM, for her commitment, passion and unique contributions to forwarding the Foundation’s mission. She recently shared how and why she wanted to become part of the nearly 40-year strong TVMF legacy.
“Being involved with TVMF is incredibly rewarding since our Foundation provides much-needed support to veterinary students, practicing veterinarians, trusted clients and their fabulous pets,” Dr. McAdoo said. “It is truly a joy to be able to provide aid to individuals and pets when they are faced with difficult life challenges.”
Dr. McAdoo has been practicing small animal medicine in the Houston area since her graduation from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She is very invested in her profession, so she when she heard of the work TVMF was doing in her own backyard, she wanted to become part of it.
“I was active in my local VMA and then eventually was privileged to represent Harris County on the board of TVMA,” Dr. McAdoo said. “During my time on the TVMA board, I learned about TVMF. I knew veterinarians on the Foundation board but really had no idea what they did.”
Dr. McAdoo now enthusiastically advocates for the Foundation and its focus on improving opportunities for veterinary professionals as well as educating pet owners about the importance of regular medical care for their animals.
“I am so proud of my profession and the compassion and integrity it has stood for historically and continues to stand for,” Dr. McAdoo said. “In this time of social media, we need to be the guardians of our reputation as respected professionals. TVMF is in a unique position to showcase veterinarians doing what they do so well every day—caring for the pets and people in their community.”
One of the ways TVMF supports the relationship between veterinary professionals and pet owners is through the Rusk Veterinary Grant program. This program provides funds to supplement a veterinarian’s charitable care for animals of low-income families or for families that have an undue financial burden due to extenuating circumstances. A primary goal of the Rusk Veterinary Grant is to keep the human-animal bond intact by resolving medical issues that threaten the animal’s health.
“I love the fact that all parties are working together to restore the pet’s health and get him or her safely back home with the owner,” Dr. McAdoo said. “As a veterinarian, it is so frustrating to be faced with a sick, treasured pet and distraught owner who does not have the means to provide the recommended care.”
Another TVMF program near and dear to Dr. McAdoo’s heart is the TVMF PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) program, which currently provides veterinary assistance to pets of low-income, homebound community members in six Texas counties: Blanco, Bastrop, Brazos, Dallas, Travis and Williamson.
“The TVMF PALS program embodies all that I love about TVMF,” Dr. McAdoo said. “Working with Meals on Wheels in several Texas communities, TVMF and participating veterinarians provide medical care free of charge to the furry companions of homebound individuals. The love and comfort these pets provide to their owners is immense. To be able to provide convenient quality health care to these important companions is priceless.”
Although TVMF is reaching approximately 200 homebound pet owners and more than 300 pets, some with little or no history of veterinary care, each year, more than 200 companion animals are still on the waiting list. TVMF anticipates the number of clients served to increase substantially thanks to the program’s recent expansion into Dallas County and plans for growth into San Antonio and Houston.
When others ask, Dr. McAdoo happily shares her enthusiasm for the Foundation’s mission and encourages others to become a part of the positive impact that TVMF programs are having throughout the great state we call home.
“I would encourage any interested individuals to consider sharing their time and talents with the Foundation,” Dr. McAdoo said. “You will be truly blessed by the opportunities to uplift the profession while offering needed relief to the community. Your gifts help us fund scholarships for students, provide financial support for a veterinarian or veterinary student recovering from an illness or natural disaster and provide aid for pets in need and comfort for their owners.
“I am so proud to be a part of this caring thoughtful group of individuals,” she continued. “We sincerely appreciate any contributions from the community so we can continue to serve our profession and community and pursue our shared goals.”
TVMF thanks Dr. McAdoo for her continued commitment and passion for the Foundation’s mission. It is thanks to the generosity and support of community members like her that TVMF is able to better serve animals, pet owners and veterinary professionals across Texas.
To learn more about TVMF’s mission and programs, please visit www.tvmf.org or contact TVMF Director Leah Ann Tibbitts by phone at 512/452-4224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 TVMF Auction Was a Success!
The Foundation extends our most sincere appreciation to each and every person who contributed to the TVMF auction on March 4. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, auction proceeds totaled $19,762!
Once again, the auction process this year included the online/mobile bidding tool and continues to be a hit! Following the leaderboard has never been easier, and the Foundation remains grateful for friends who so exuberantly raised those virtual paddles. The total amount raised is a testament to the generosity of our members.
These much-needed funds will support the Foundation’s mission to advance public and professional education, promote animal wellness and humane treatment and uphold the highest ethical and professional standards. Generous supporters like you enable TVMF to provide emergency relief grants to veterinary students, help underwrite the cost of continuing education for veterinarians and educate the public on responsible pet ownership. Quality education means that veterinarians constantly improve themselves, thereby improving the quality of animal care they provide.
Your contributions are essential to the continued growth and expansion of these and other worthwhile programs. Increasingly, the Foundation is called upon to do more for veterinary medicine, and it is thanks to valued donors that TVMF is able to answer that call and supply needed resources.
Again, thank you! We look forward to your continued partnership. Please contact TVMF Director Leah Ann Tibbitts at 512/452-4224 or email@example.com if you have any questions about our programs or if you have suggestions for worthwhile projects that the Foundation’s Board of Trustees should consider.
Call for Silent Auction Items for 2017 “Live to Ride, Ride to Live” Celebration
It's that time of year again! The TVMF Annual Auction is just around the corner, and your participation is needed in order to make this year’s auction a success. Please consider supporting this effort through the donation of an in-kind item.
Each year, the TVMA Annual Conference hosts hundreds of veterinarians from across the state. This year’s event will be held Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5, in College Station at the Hilton College Station. The silent auction is scheduled during the “Live to Ride, Ride to Love” celebration on Saturday, March 4.
Proceeds from the silent auction support all of TVMF’s mission-driven programs. These are programs that help build owner awareness, support veterinary student scholarships and provide emergency financial assistance, continuing education and special projects such as the TVMF PALS program, which gives veterinary care to pets belonging to low-income, homebound clients of Meals on Wheels in Austin, Dallas and Bryan/College Station. It is truly through the generous support and partnership of Texas pet owners and association members that TVMF is able to do this important work and champion the veterinary profession in an impactful way.
Even if you are unable to attend the TVMA Annual Conference, you can still take part in the friendly auction competition! Visit https://www.501auctions.com/tvmf to learn more, register to bid or view the auction catalog.
Should you have any questions about the upcoming conference or need additional information about how to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact TVMF at 512/452-4224.