Giving to the Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine

The generous donations from private individuals for projects can help save endangered species, such as the Island foxes that inhabit the California Channel Islands, or for research projects related to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and prion disease or inflammatory bowel disease, or fellowships in your name to help train veterinary students and veterinarians. We appreciate your generosity and will work to advance “One Health” for the benefit of humans and animals.

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Examples of Activities Needing Support

The Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine aims to utilize state-of-the-art technologies for education and research to advance the health of humans and animals. Your gifts would be used to train scientists by supporting their stipends, tuition and laboratory expenses in cutting-edge biomedical research studies.

Conservation and Wildlife Research includes our work to save the endangered Channel Island foxes from extinction, in an effort that brings together highly-trained specialists from the Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Our focus is on understanding the cause of systemic amyloidosis, a disease that occurs in massive numbers of foxes at levels unprecedented in humans or other animals. With your help, we will continue to work towards preventing this deadly disease in the Island fox. All support for this program will go directly for the benefit of wildlife.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, or IBD, are affecting an increasing number of people and almost 1% of all Americans are affected. The reasons for the increase in disease occurrence are not known but may include changes in diet or infections that trigger disease in genetically susceptible people. At UCSD, we have several internationally known investigators working in areas ranging from clinical research to models of inflammation, including spontaneous disease that occurs in some animal species. Support for this research program will go towards the training of young investigators as they explore the cause, prevention and treatments for IBD.

Students and Trainees, some of whom are your children, will become the future leaders responsible for conservation and improved care of the different animal species that are encountered every day in veterinary medicine. Some of them will become the faculty and professors in schools of veterinary medicine throughout the country who innovate and teach the practices that will be used in the coming years.

While we have outstanding cooperative opportunities here at UCSD and with our colleagues at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, our ability to train is limited by funding. Your backing will support their salaries, tuition and training opportunities as they prepare themselves for the multiple opportunities in the future of veterinary medicine. Support is needed for high school students seeking a summer research experience; undergraduates or Masters and PhD graduate students wanting to work in these laboratories; or post-graduate training positions.

For more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact Dr. Peter Ernst of Dr. Christina Sigurdson, Co-Directors of the Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine.

Telephone: 858.534.2975