Stevenson Center Gives Pet Owners Peace of Mind
Posted April 06, 2017
From left: Dr. O.J. “Bubba” Woytek; Mattie Stevenson, with
Trixie; and Kim Muth, with Mackie; lead the way after the ribbon is
cut to open the Stevenson building expansion in 2013.
Many of us consider our pets to be a part of the family, so it
can be tough to imagine our pet’s life after we are no longer able
to provide them care.
Whether pet owners are seriously ill, hospitalized for an
extended period, entering a retirement home, or predecease their
pet, the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center at the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) can help.
The Stevenson Center is a state-of-the-art program designed to
care for pets whose owners are no longer able to provide that care.
The staff at the center work hard to ensure both large and small
animals, including livestock, birds and other exotics, feel at home
by providing for pets’ physical, medical, and emotional needs.
Established in 1993, the Stevenson Center largely was funded
through the Luse Foundation and the late Mrs. Madlin Stevenson. An
avid animal lover, Madlin said she chose to support the center
because, "Animals are especially important to the elderly; this
center is dedicated to them and their pets."
When Madlin passed away in 2000, her niece, Mattie Stevenson,
continued donating to the center and has enjoyed watching the “pet
utopia” grow. After two expansions, the center is “very
impressive,” Mattie said.
Animal residents of the center engage in plenty of playtime,
napping, and cuddling with staff and A&M resident veterinary
students. But of course, there are a lot of chores to be done to
keep the center clean and the animals happy. Mattie noted that the
staff and students are caring, dedicated, and professional; they
work hard to keep animal residents comfortable.
“You can be confident that the pets you love will have the
finest care possible for the rest of their lives,” Mattie said.
Additionally, animals enrolled at the Stevenson Center are in
close proximity to the CVM and are guaranteed excellent veterinary
care. In fact, before the animals even move into the center, they
visit the animal hospital for evaluation and a complete physical.
Veterinarians then determine the animal’s medical history and
dietary needs and develop personalized health care programs for
Though we try to prepare for the future, life can be unexpected.
That’s why the Stevenson Center welcomes pets with open arms when
their owners can no longer care for them.
“Since none of us knows the future,” Mattie said, “we love
knowing that should something happen to us while our pets are still
alive, there will always be a wonderful place on the campus of
Texas A&M University waiting to welcome them home.”
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about the
Stevenson Center, visit http://vetmed.tamu.edu/stevenson-center
for more information.
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