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Pioneer Fund Update

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In spring 2012 we, the Center for Animal Food Health and Safety (CAFHS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine had a bold idea: “Let’s create a fund to help our resident students study around the world to further their education and at the same time let us honor those early pioneers in public health and veterinary medicine.” And with that the Veterinary Pioneers in Public Health Resident Education fund was established.

In these two short years, the Center has awarded three substantial grants to three resident students. These residents have:

  • Partnered with the World Health Organization to conduct exciting research
  • Networked with some of the leading international experts in food safety from China, South America and Europe to address the difficult public health challenges
  • Studied the impact of small ruminants in these specific sectors of Ugandan society
  • Enhanced their strong educational foundation at the University of Minnesota while acquiring global knowledge and practical experience

The early results of this fund have been so exciting that one donor has approached us about a match campaign for all new gifts up to $1000 before June 30, 2014. To reach this goal and to increase the number of grants CAFHS gives to residents, we need your help.

A gift of $100 or $50 or $25 counts towards the $1000 goal as long we receive it by June 30. You may give on line here. Be sure to choose the "other" option and use the description: Fund # 8875 - Veterinary Pioneer's in Public Health Match or you can mail your gift directly to the college at the following address:

University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
1365 Gortner Avenue, VMC # 460
St. Paul, MN 55108

If you have questions, please contact Bill Venne, Chief Development Officer at 612-625-8480 or

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