Chris and Tom Levy Professor of Small Animal Health

June 1, 2020

Tom and Chris Levy and pups

Chris and Tom Levy have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to breeding, showing and judging dogs. To help educate future generations of veterinarians who care for small animals, in 2020 they made plans in their estate to endow a professorship in the Carlson College of Veterinary Science. 

The Levys met at the end of their first year at Oregon State and married shortly after their graduation in 1970. Their passion for dogs and dog shows developed soon after and has garnered them many national and international accolades. The Levys were instrumental in helping the Hungarian breed, Pumi, gain full status with the American Kennel Club, and they are charter members of the Hungarian Pumi Club of America. “They are our pets and our partners,” Tom said. “We need good vets who truly want to research and find out what the problems are and solve them,” Chris added.

In a way, the professorship is a gift for their family of fellow exhibitors and breeders. “Our family is at the dog shows, no matter where in the world that might be,” Chris said. “It's a whole family of people that all help each other. And we love being with them and the dogs.”