This program was started nearly 50 years ago by Dr. B.F. (Frank) Hoerlein as a mechanism to raise money for his work on neurological diseases. At that time, donations were matched by Mr. Kenneth A. Scott. Although Mr. Scott no longer matches donations, gifts to this Program remain a very important source of support for Auburn faculty outside the Scott-Ritchey Research Center who conduct research on companion animal diseases.
These funds are not used to support full-time scientists of the Center who are supported from extramural sources and/or income from the Ritchey endowment. The Scott Donations Program is targeted specifically at providing research support for faculty of the college who have much to offer, but have few other opportunities to seek support for their companion animal health research projects.The return from these small grants in terms of new knowledge to improve small animal practice is outstanding.
Over the years, contributions to the Scott Donations Program have been exceedingly important for advancing companion animal health, starting with Dr. Hoerlein's pioneering work on treatment of disc disease and extending to our current work on molecular medicine.
In addition, Dr. Hoerlein's brilliant concept of the donations program as a practice management tool remains as valid and important today as it was 50 years ago. Responses from clients and practitioners alike demonstrate clearly that participating veterinarians gain enormously in respect and good will.
For both reasons, research to improve pet animal practice and excellent client relations, the Scott Donations Program is a good investment.
Participants use two basic types of donations. The first is for veterinarians to make a gift directly to the program in memory of a lost pet. The second approach is to simply give the client a donation card with the suggestion that the client may want to make a memorial gift to the center, perhaps in lieu of a fee.
If you would like additional information or have any questions regarding the Scott Donations Program, the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, or our research on companion animal health, please feel free to call.