Alice, a four-year-old beagle, loves to go hiking with her owner at home in New Brunswick. But in April 2015, Alice lost the use of her legs. Alice was referred to AVC’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), where she was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease. This condition affects the cushioning discs between the spinal bones, resulting in compression of the nerves and paralysis in the hind end. One of Alice’s discs had shot upward into her spinal cord, and surgery was the only solution. The VTH’s board-certified surgeons operated on Alice to relieve compression on her spinal cord. Without the surgery, she would have been permanently paralysed. With excellent care at the VTH and at home, Alice recovered fully, and she and her owner are happily hiking again.
Alice’s story is just one example of the amazing work performed at the VTH, the most comprehensive veterinary referral hospital in Atlantic Canada. In the hospital, dedicated board-certified veterinary specialists use their knowledge and skills every day to help animals in need, at the same time offering owners compassion and support. Our veterinary students learn from these highly respected veterinarians as they work toward their own doctor of veterinary medicine degrees.
Veterinary medicine is constantly evolving, and the College must continually upgrade its facilities to keep pace with new developments in technology and equipment, advancements in methods used to diagnose and treat health conditions affecting animals, and the needs of our students as they pursue their education in veterinary medicine.
The Atlantic Veterinary College is one of four priorities in the University of Prince Edward Island’s $50-million INSPIRE! friend- and fund-raising campaign, launched in October 2015. Our goal is to raise $5.5 million for much-needed equipment and technology in areas such as cancer diagnostics and treatment, cardiology, diagnostic testing, equine medicine and surgery, upgraded teaching and learning spaces, and new information management systems for our teaching hospital and our diagnostic testing laboratory service. Of that $5.5 million, $2.5 million has already been raised!
With your help, we will continue to provide the best possible care for our beloved animals! For more information about the Veterinary Medicine priority or to make a donation, please visit the INSPIRE! Campaign website.
The unrestricted money raised through the Annual Fund provides resources throughout AVC. Annual Fund gifts provide the necessary flexbility to bring the most immediate impact upon the University.
We all know the impact animals can have on our lives. When choosing to give to AVC, you may wish to give in memory or in honour of an animal that has touched your life.
Give to the Companion Animal Trust Fund by visiting the UPEI Department of Development and Alumni Engagement website. When you choose Donate Now, go to "Designate Your Gift," click the down arrow, and select "designated area of my choice" by entering the "Companion Animal Trust Fund".
An array of options are available to donors interested in naming opportunities or sponsoring spaces at AVC. Naming opportunities include teaching spaces, research units, or specific area within our teaching hospital. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss an area of our college which you might be interested in naming or sponsoring.
Planning to give to AVC in the future is as important as a gift today. Your planned gift will ensure that the future dreams of our school are realized.
AVC is dedicated to educating veterinary and community leaders committed to animal health, human health, public health and environmental issues of global importance. Education in veterinary medicine is a costly undertaking for students. Awards and scholarships not only recognize academic excellence but also assist in minimizing student debt. Keeping student debt low also encourages students to move on into specialized areas of study, ensuring the needs of the veterinary profession and society are met.
Making your gift to AVC is easy. Visit the Department of Development and Alumni Engagement website to learn more, or contact us directly!
Should you have any questions or need further information on giving, please contact:
Atlantic Veterinary College
550 University Avenue
Tel: (902) 566-0882
Fax: (902) 566-0859
Department of Development and Alumni Engagement
550 University Avenue
Toll Free: 1-866-453-4119
Tel: (902) 566-0615