February 2017

Help make a big impact with the simple click of your mouse or touch of your phone!

The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction is right around the corner and your online and mobile participation could make a difference for pets across Texas.

Our mission-driven programs build owner awareness, support veterinary student scholarships and provide emergency financial assistance, continuing education, and enable special projects such as the TVMF PALS program (which gives veterinary care to pets belonging to low-income clients of Meals on Wheels in Austin, Bryan/College Station and Dallas, TX).

Supporting the Foundation’s mission has never been easier and more fun

Here is how this year’s auction will work:

  • Register online at www.501auctions.com/tvmf
  • Enter your name, contact information, and payment method
  • Browse the Silent Auction and choose from the many great items you would like to bid on – bidding will begin on Saturday, March 4th at 6:30PM sharp!
  • Place your bid on a selected item with an option of setting a maximum bid.
  • You will be notified on your smartphone if you have been outbid.

Registering online is the quickest, easiest way to place bids in the auction, so we encourage you to sign up soon.

Simply register by clicking here and entering your name, contact information, and payment method. Registering online will also help us provide you with a speedy check in and checkout at the event.  Should you have any questions about registering online or the bidding process, please feel free to contact TVMF Director, Leah Ann Tibbitts, via phone at (512) 452-4224 or by email at ltibbitts@tvma.org.

Thank you and good luck, bidders!

December 2016

Mini Impact Report from TVMF

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Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation’s mission to care for animals, advance the veterinary profession and serve pet owners across Texas. We want to take a moment to share the impact the Foundation’s programs are having through our home state—and this is thanks to you and your generosity!

2016 has proven to be a successful and productive year! The Foundation has several milestones, of which we are very proud and which we are honored to share with you. Since the beginning of the year:
– 2 emergency assistance grants have been awarded to veterinary students, helping them to further their education;
– 203 pets have received wellness exams, vaccinations and a year supply of flea and heartworm preventative – all at no cost to the homebound owner;
– 9 companion animals of homebound community members are eating pain-free thanks to recently completed dentals;
– $16,500 was generously contributed through the TVMF auction at the TVMA annual conference in March; and
– $40,000 has been raised to support the TVMF PALS program.

The total grant dollars raised for the TVMF PALS program is an incredible achievement and a testament to the need for this important program. TVMF has strived to increase funding to accommodate the growing need of low-income, elderly homebound community members with companion animals, which are desperately in need of routine veterinary care. You may remember TVMF expanded into the Bryan/College Station area during the last fiscal year in partnership with the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency Meals and the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital and Veterinary School.

Then in October of this year, TVMF kicked off yet another expansion into Dallas County with the assistance of VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Texas, which is an organization that provides Meals On Wheels services to the homebound and elderly in the Dallas area. Dr. Jennifer Lukowski of Metro Paws Animal Hospital, LLC, kindly volunteered her time and services to care for the first Dallas County pet to be seen through the TVMF PALS Program. Look for more details about our program expansion in the next TVMA newsletter along with details about how our Dallas-area TVMA members can become involved with this new service area.

TexVetPets.org is another TVMF/TVMA collaboration that continues to grow and provide positive impact for pet owners across Texas. This online portal is an initiative intentionally designed to support our TVMA members and the association’s mission to educate the general pet-owning public about the importance of regular veterinary care.

The collaborative efforts of TVMF and TVMA continue to yield meaningful impact for communities throughout Texas. We are humbled by your continued faith in the Foundation’s mission and humbly share these successes with our TVMA supporters. We look forward sharing more important milestones with you.

For the full report click here.

October 2016

 TVMF Trustee Spotlight: Susan Stallones, Student Representative

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While TVMF was established as the philanthropic partner of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Foundation proudly spearheads several of its own programs dedicated to the health and welfare of animals in Texas. Each program is an integral part of the Foundation’s mission to help care for animals, educate community members and support veterinarian professionals throughout the state of Texas.

These initiatives are provided in partnership with other community collaborations, including the support and commitment of TVMF’s Board of Trustees. Throughout the 37-year history of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees has remained committed to building strong community-based partnerships and programs that benefit both animals and humans alike.

One area in which TVMF remains passionate is through the support of veterinary students, so much so that the Foundation requested that two student representatives from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine join the Board of Trustees. Student representative Susan Stallones recently shared how she became involved in the Foundation’s mission-driven work and why she thinks TVMF is making a difference in communities through Texas.

“When I first started veterinary school, I was nervous, excited and couldn’t wait to start working toward my future career,” Stallones said. “I received the gift of a stethoscope from TVMF during the orientation to vet school (something TVMF does for every class), and I immediately became intrigued about the organization. I soon learned about the Foundation and decided I wanted to become involved with this organization because of the activities they participate in, the support they give the veterinary community and the assistance they provide the public.”

According to Stallones, programs that include TVMF’s pet owner education events and TexVetPets.org are making a significant impact for pet owners and veterinary professionals across the state of Texas. She believes the inclusiveness that TVMF programs foster really makes a difference between the pet, pet owner and veterinary professional.

“The thing that excites me the most about TVMF’s mission is that they are encompassing veterinarians, clients and pets in their efforts to improve care and education,” Stallones said. “They are supporting the cause of effectively caring for pets by not only supporting the animal and the client through accurate information but also by providing support to veterinarians and veterinary students. As a student, I am directly impacted by the support from TVMF, and it encourages me and other students to become more involved.”

Stallones’ response to TVMF’s mission and programs is exactly why the Foundation continues to convey the importance of reaching out to veterinary students and helping instill within them a sense of belonging within their community while underscoring that every veterinary student has something to give back. TVMF strives to encourage these young professionals to continue developing their philanthropic spirits beyond school and to take that sense of community with them as they move into new geographic regions to begin their professional careers.

“During my time as a TVMF representative, I have learned the importance of giving back to the community and supporting those who cannot afford access to veterinary services,” Stallones said. “Connecting the community to the field of veterinary medicine has been one of the most enlightening aspects of my experience. In three years, when I am a veterinarian, I think I will be a much more well-rounded doctor as a result of this position, and I hope to continue the good provided by TVMF.”

When others ask Stallones about her involvement with TVMF, she happily shares her excitement about the Foundation’s mission and impact and encourages her peers to become more involved.

“I tell my classmates to support TVMF because they are here to support our future careers and our field of veterinary medicine,” Stallones said. “They are a current and future source of information, tips and assistance for veterinarians and students.

“I have really enjoyed witnessing the effect TVMF has had on Texas,” Stallones continued. “From honoring pets to providing veterinary care to the pets of the elderly to providing support to veterinary students, I am proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees.”

To learn more about TVMF’s mission and programs, please visit www.tvmf.org or contact TVMF Director Leah Ann Tibbitts at 512/452-4224 or ltibbitts@tvma.org.