Virginia Tech’s annual Giving Day fosters a lot of excitement each year, and this year was no different as our community brought to life the plans for the expansion of the small animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).

In the weeks leading up to this special 24 hours, our community jumped aboard the #VTHBandanaWagon by posting pictures of their animals in VTH bandanas to spread the word about the importance of this expansion, which will provide the best possible hands-on training for future veterinarians and accommodate the growing demand for veterinary care.

When all was said and done, the veterinary college had an exceptional Giving Day with a total of 389 donors raising $132,700, a 57% increase in donor participation over last year’s Giving Day. Donor participation each Giving Day makes a great impact as it unlocks challenges from generous donors, and this year, we unlocked a $42,500 gift for the VMCVM hospital system and an $8,000 gift for the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

“I am awed by the support and dedication of those who are so committed to the success of this college,” said M. Daniel Givens, dean of the college. “That appreciation starts with those who show up each day to diligently pursue the college’s missions of education, research, and service and extends to every member of our community who supports our college in any way.”

Raffi, a patient at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital