- To honor special pets, animal enthusiasts,
veterinarians, and animal professionals
- To support general animal health and projects for
- To promote the advancement of rehabilitation techniques
for common orthopedic and neurologic diseases
- To support patients in need of rehabilitation whose
owners have financial hardships
Why "Annie's Fund?"
Annie's Fund has been established to promote research and to
procure equipment needed for teaching purposes to promote the
advancement of veterinary rehabilitation.
Your support will help fund research in the field of
rehabilitation by providing state-of-the-art equipment for the
Small Animal Rehabilitation Service and contribute to the education
of veterinary students and professionals about the benefits of
Annie's Fund will also help those animals in need of
rehabilitation services whose owners may have financial hardships
that keep them from providing this essential care for their
Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS
James David Sessum, RVT
Laura Gordon, BS, MPH
"Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital saved
Annie. Virtually overnight, Annie had changed from an active dog
who loved tangling with raccoons at our ranch to one who was
paralyzed when we rushed her to A&M. Faced with an uncertain
diagnosis, the staff started physical therapy right away. They
tried everything they could think of, including acupuncture, aqua
therapy and electro massage. There was even a cart for Annie that
would hold her in an upright position. After six weeks of
continuous rehab for the nerve damage, Annie came home where we
continued outpatient visits to A&M several times a week.
Annie's recovery was remarkable. At the end of four months Annie
could stand and even walk on a leas. Her paralysis was gone. Thanks
to the extraordinary commitment of the staff, with their innovative
and progressive ideas for physical rehabilitation, Annie survived
~ Jackie Whitley
The development of Annie's Fund begins with the story of one
Annie came to the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital on a referral from her regular veterinarian.
Unable to walk when she arrived, she received a thorough
examination and was diagnosed with a neurologic disorder that can
be very difficult to treat.
After a discussion of Annie's condition between Texas A&M
specialists and her human companions, she began her treatment with
the Small Animal Rehabilitation Service in April and walked out of
the hospital on her own in July.
Annie was a truly remarkable patient and she inspired many
veterinary students and professionals at the College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her determination to walk again
helped promote the benefits of veterinary rehabilitation. Annie's
Fund has been started to honor her and to give other animals like
her the chance to make a similar recovery!
Your support will help improve the lives of many animals.
Rehabilitation is beneficial to all animals, not just those
affected with neurological or orthopedic diseases. Through Annie's
Fund, we will be able to promote the benefits of rehabilitation and
support the advancement of this emerging specialty in veterinary
It is our hope that with your support, many animals like Annie
will be able to benefit from our efforts to promote and advance
Complete this form , print,
and mail to:
Office of the Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
College Station, TX 77843-4461
The Annie's Fund brochure
is available in PDF format.