3 Presents for Pet Lovers

December 12, 2023

By Scholle McFarland


This holiday season, why not fill the pet lovers on your list with cheer while also supporting Oregon’s only college of veterinary medicine? OSU’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine has made it easy by creating a colorful, customizable certificate you can print at home to hand your loved one on Hanukkah or tuck beneath the Christmas tree. (Download it at https://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/sites/vetmed.oregonstate.edu/files/ccvm_giving_certificates.pdf) Here are three ideas:


1. Honor a companion they’ve lost

Offer comfort to someone who has lost a beloved pet this year by giving $15 to the Oregon State Pet Memorial Program. They’ll receive a personalized condolence card, as well as an email acknowledging the donation and inviting them to contribute a photo and story about their pet. Once that’s published, they’ll be notified so they can share the memorial page with others. Funds support future veterinarians through student scholarships. Learn more at beav.es/pet-memorial.



2. Pay it forward for them

Ease the wrenching decisions pet owners face if they can’t afford the care their pet requires by donating to the Dr. Olive K. Britt Animal Care Fund. These funds help cover costs for people with financial need when an animal is brought to OSU’s Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Corvallis. Go to ForOregonState.org/pets and select the fund from the drop‑down menu.


3. Help the people who help our pets

If your friend or family member loves animals, what’s a better gift than direct support for the next generation of doctors that will care for our pets? A donation to the Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund supports student scholarships. Go to ForOregonState.org/pets and select the fund from the drop‑down menu.