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Every day, we impact the future of medicine in profound ways. But to continue to meet the growing needs and opportunities, we must expand into a new, bigger building.


We Have Officially Launched!

For more than 30 years, the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has been pushing the limits of animal and human health, from training the best in the field and providing cutting-edge clinical care to developing new medical treatments and fighting pandemics. But now we’re exceeding our boundaries, and we need your support to continue our groundbreaking work.

Nov. 18, 2016 marked the official public launch of our building expansion campaign, otherwise known as Animals Need Heroes Too. This project, the most important endeavor we will undertake in the next three decades, will double the size of our small animal hospital, enhance our Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital, increase our wet lab space by one-third, and triple our infectious disease research laboratory space, among other significant improvements. And you can be a part of it.

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Meet Two of Our Heroes

UW-Madison alumni Karen Walsh and Jim Berbee grew up in the company of animals, and they surround themselves with many furry friends today—from their two dogs to dozens of foster cats and kittens. They are truly animal lovers, and they truly love what the UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is doing to improve animal—and human—health.

This is why they have committed $3 million to match gifts of $25,000 or more toward the school’s Animals Need Heroes Too building expansion campaign. To the critters that receive care at the SVM, and the people who care for them, Karen and Jim are heroes. You can be a hero too by helping to double the impact of this gift. For details, contact us or click below.


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We need more room to grow

Among the 30 schools of veterinary medicine in the U.S., we consistently rank in the top 5 for excellence in clinical training, clinical service and biomedical research. We have graduated over 2,000 veterinarians since our first class in 1987.

Our Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is top ranked nationally, and research dollars awarded to the school have doubled in the last three years.

Built with the capacity to see 12,000 visits each year, we currently see 24,000. And with ever-increasing demand, we could expand to see 35,000.

Our teaching hospital resides on 45,000 square feet of space, whereas the national average size of a veterinary teaching hospital is over 100,000.

We started out with 10 specialties. We currently have more than 20. Many, including radiation oncology and dentistry, require large physical footprints.

With your help, we can continue to lead.


To uncover links that lead to novel and effective care for animals and humans.


To make previously untreatable cases treatable.


To train future veterinarians, care for patients and innovate new treatments that save lives.
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