|Dear colleagues and friends,
This was a historic day for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. At a lunch-time gathering, OSU President Ed Ray announced that a donor has made a $50 million gift commitment to the college that will support Oregon State veterinary medicine teaching, research and service in powerful ways.
This is the largest gift in the university’s history and is an incredible testament to the achievements and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, students and many friends of the college. In recognition of this remarkable act of generosity, the college will now be known as the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.
Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school and eventually established a dermatology practice in Southern California.
As Dr. Carlson is quoted in the press release, “[Our pets] give us a special comfort and support that allows us to embrace life more fully. I wanted to do something that would enrich that experience and help us better understand and care for our ‘best friends.’” Dr. Carlson’s generosity will have both short- and long-term impacts on our work. Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, a pressing need, as many of us know firsthand. In addition to this construction, his legacy will touch generations of veterinarians with an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college.
I am proud to continue the work of fellow deans, advancement professionals and colleagues. I look forward to celebrating with each of you the many great accomplishments to come from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary programs across the country.
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