OVC Pet Trust celebrates 30th anniversary

Puppy, OVC Pet TrustThe Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Pet Trust, the first charitable fund dedicated to the health and well-being of companion animals, celebrates three decades in 2016. In that time, more than $35 million has been raised to support learning, health care and research at OVC.

Every year, OVC treats more than 2,000 dogs, cats and other pets referred by veterinarians for advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures.

A new $9-million fundraising campaign was launched last fall to establish new surgery and anesthesia facilities at OVC to benefit companion animals. The proposed facilities will contain surgical and diagnostic video and imaging devices, including operating microscopes, orthopedic and neurological equipment, and a sophisticated anesthesia and pain management unit.

A $1-million gift to the campaign from Lindy Barrow will be used to create the Lindy Barrow Minimally Invasive Procedures Suite, the first unit of its kind for a veterinary teaching hospital in Canada.

A previous campaign raised more than $13.5 million for OVC’s Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer.

“These facilities will have far-reaching impacts on both pets and pet owners,” says Jeff Wichtel, OVC dean. “They will help ensure our continued ability to improve the health and well-being of pets, whether we are providing advanced diagnosis or life-saving procedures, raising the standard of care, or making meaningful contributions to clinical research and innovation.”

Learn more at pettrust.ca.