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Philanthropy has often been defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by generous donations to good causes. The Pacesetters quoted below understand the impact that the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has on individuals, pets, and students, and find true value in its cause.

“Steve and I feel strongly that the veterinary disciplines supported by this College are critical to solving some of tomorrow’s greatest challenges, including how to meet growing global food needs while protecting public health and the environment. We also have a special interest in the sustenance and growth of American animal agriculture, as the ability to feed our own and others is important to national security and global stability. There is of course one more thing! Our pets are something we love, and with the increasing percentage of our worldwide populations migrating to cities and suburbs, there are increasing numbers and types of animals now recognized as pets and members of the family. The health and well-being of these animals has an important impact on the emotional and physical well-being of our society. In summary, we hope for our children and future generations that our gifts will have contributed to a more peaceful world that is committed to healthier people and pets, as well as an adequate supply of safe food worldwide.”

Marianne Ash, DVM (PU DVM ‘77) and Stephen Ash, MD

“Our daughter, Molly, had planned to attend Purdue, but a rare liver cancer had other plans. President Mitch Daniels and Dean Willie Reed made sure Molly got her wish. At her life celebration, two weeks before she passed, Molly was admitted and graduated from Purdue and then admitted and graduated from PVM. Molly was sent her white coat and Dean Reed paid her dues for a lifetime to the Veterinary Society. I cannot imagine any other university with this compassion for a 17-year-old to make her dreams come true. Please give, if you can, to this amazing place on behalf of Molly Widner, DVM.”

The Family of Molly Widner

“As a farm child who bottle fed Holstein calves, I have a great love for animals. This continued throughout my 10-year 4-H career where I showed Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs. In addition, dogs are always a part of my life…starting with my first Suzy, a Brittany Spaniel. This love affair continued with St. Bernards, Border Collies, and a variety of hybrid dogs many of which were named Suzy. Fast forward to a Black Lab, Sammy, who had a wonderful and active life of 13 years thanks to the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and Community Practice. Today, two more Black Labs are in the Troutner pack — Billie Sue and Brandy. This love of animals is coupled with a deep admiration and respect for the vets who help provide these companions with healthy, happy, long lives. Of course, I would choose to join the Pacesetters as I look forward to new facilities and teaching options for the future vets educated at Purdue University.”

Joanne Troutner, Longtime Purdue Veterinary Hospital Client and Purdue Liberal Arts Alumna

A Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumna recognizing the global impact of veterinary medicine, the family of a hopeful student given her greatest wish, and a hospital client grateful for the care shown to her beloved pets — these are just a few examples of the countless ways Purdue Veterinary Medicine Leaves A Print on the world. As you contemplate your philanthropic plans, please consider the good cause that is Purdue Veterinary Medicine and Leave Your Own Print in this vital time of need. For the animals, the students, the clients, and the overall global impact of veterinary medicine, make your print today at

Writer(s): Amanda Dunkle |

Category: Giving, Hospitals, Services

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