History & Mission

Our Mission

The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization in Texas that leverages veterinary partnerships and financial resources in order to support the veterinary profession by providing financial assistance in times of crisis, connecting veterinarians with opportunities to serve their communities,  advocating responsible animal ownership and promoting and improving the well-being of animals.

The Foundation was established in 1978 as the philanthropic partner of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) which is one of the largest state veterinary medical associations in the nation. TVMF and TVMA partner to advance animal health for the well-being of animals and humans and to promote the veterinary medical profession.

 

Mission
The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation is committed to supporting the veterinary profession and our communities in Texas by providing resources, education, and programs for the responsible stewardship of animals.

 

Vision
A community where the veterinary profession and the public come together to meet the needs of all animals in Texas.

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We act purposefully and retain talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of the populations we serve. Our environment supports and nurtures all people as respected individuals.

As an organization run by veterinarians, TVMF models its commitment to equity after the AVMA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. This commitment embraces the value of the many areas of the veterinary profession, and the value of our members’ and their clients’ varied backgrounds, including but not limited to race; ethnicity; physical and mental abilities; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; parental, marital, or pregnancy status; religious or political beliefs; military or veteran status; and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

 

This video was made to celebrate the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation’s 40th Anniversary in 2018.

The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation accomplishes its mission in 3 ways:

Caring For Animals

  • Provide education programs advocating responsible animal ownership and the importance of veterinary care and providing the public with knowledge and information on caring for and protecting their animals and livestock
  • Provide financial assistance grants for families in need of life-saving or life-changing veterinary care that will save their pet from euthanasia or prolonged suffering

Advancing the Profession

  • Supporting veterinary students at all stages of their education by providing stethoscopes to new students, sponsoring activities, providing scholarships, awards, and emergency grants
  • Supporting programs/projects that encourage students to explore career opportunities and promote philanthropy within the profession

Serving People

  • Ensuring the health and welfare of animals belonging to economically disadvantaged community members, thereby preserving the human-animal bond and improving quality of life for both humans and companion animals
  • Support the veterinary community by being the public relations and philanthropic arm of the veterinary profession
  • Support the veterinary community by providing a contingency fund for disaster and emergency relief

Our History

TVMF was founded in 1978 by a group of veterinarians who recognized the need to to increase philanthropic efforts to benefit the public and the veterinary profession.

Check out our latest Impact Report and see how, with your help, we continue to make a difference in the lives of Texas animals.