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September 27, 2002

Reception honours Pet Trust donation

A reception at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College Oct. 3 will honour a $250,000 gift made by Lyle and Wendy Hallman of Kitchener, Ont., toward the purchase of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment for the college’s Small Animal Clinic. The reception is from 7 to 9 p.m., by invitation only. Media are welcome to attend.

Once the remaining funds are raised to purchase the equipment, it will improve diagnostic services by giving clinicians the best possible detail of soft tissues inside an animal’s body.

The Hallmans made the donation to Pet Trust, a fund that provides crucial support for OVC projects aimed at improving the health care of companion animals. Pet Trust is fueled by donations – more than 24,000 since it was first established by OVC 16 years ago – from the public, pet owners and Canadian veterinarians, through a memorial donation program. Theprogram allows vets and friends of pet owners to recognize the loss of a companion animal and make a meaningful contribution that will improve the quality of care for other pets.

The Hallmans have been involved with OVC since 1992 through the Pet Trust Fund, and Wendy Hallman has been a Pet Trust board member for the past three years. “We’re pleased that we can make this donation to the MRI and proud that our gift will be a little prod for other people to make a donation, whatever the amount,” she said. “Everybody’s heart has room for an animal.”

In 1997, the Pet Trust board identified the need for an MRI as its highest-priority capital project. The MRI, which costs approximately $3 million, will be purchased jointly through Pet Trust and government funding as part of a new Institute for Animal-Human Links in Health Science Research, research facilities that will strengthen the bridge between veterinary medicine and animal health.

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