We recently celebrated a landmark $16 million pledge from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation to the College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to its profound effect on everyone associated with the College and our programs, this magnificent support underscores a vital truth: we couldn’t do what we do here at the CVM without the incredible vision and generosity of our friends. I’m delighted to take this opportunity to share with you more information about the transformational impact this gift will have in the years ahead — not just at the CVM, but also upon the greater North Carolina State community, and the field of veterinary medicine.
The R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation’s pledge comes at a particularly vital time. With young graduates facing unprecedented financial challenges, the Terry Charitable Foundation’s support will create a very significant new student scholarship endowment – a vital resource for our new DVM trainees. These funds help ensure that the best and brightest students will continue to have access to the CVM’s high-quality veterinary education. The gift also supports our mission to prepare the world’s future veterinarians to share their exceptional gifts within our local communities and across the globe.
The R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation’s pledge will also create endowments to recruit innovative new faculty leaders and provide pump-priming funding for groundbreaking research programs designed to translate from the lab to the patient. The new discoveries that will result won’t just impact animal health, but global food security and human health, as well.
At the CVM, our past accomplishments, and our ongoing commitment to educational excellence and innovation has earned us high regard as one of the leading colleges of veterinary medicine in the nation and the world. However, we did not get here on our own. While I never had the honor to meet Mr. Terry, I’m grateful on a daily basis for his inspirational commitment to the CVM and to the field of veterinary medicine. His vision inspires everyone who works at the CVM and everyone who impacted by our programs. The R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation has created a permanent legacy of excellence, and promises to achieve so much more in the future.
As we look forward to the challenges ahead, we will continue to rely on our trusted supporters to help us reach our goals. If you have already made a gift in support of the College, I thank you. If you have not, it is my great hope that you will choose to share in our vision. Together, we can make the world a better place — starting right here at the College of Veterinary Medicine.