CVM Development Council Thanks Donors, Looks to Future During Oct. 26 Meeting

Group photo of Woytek, Dodd, and Ervin
Bubba Woytek and Bert Dodd thank Luann Ervin (center) for her gift to the Small Animal Dentistry Suite.

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Development Council gathered for their annual fall meeting on Oct. 26.

The meeting started on a high note as the council recognized and thanked Dr. Luann Ervin ’84 for her honorary gift of the Small Animal Dentistry Suite. Ervin made the donation in honor of her mentor, Dr. Ray Emerson ’65.

The council also heard from several guest speakers, including Dr. Kate Creevy and Dr. Glennon Mays, and representatives from Nashville-based company Advent also presented.

Creevy gave the members an insightful look into her extensive research with the Dog Aging Project, including the announcement of $22 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mays addressed future student recruitment trips and curriculum changes for DVM students.

Breen family in front of the conference room
The Breen family at the dedication for the conference room named in their honor

In addition, Brock Warner and Libby Cook, with Advent, discussed the college “story mining” effort to coincide with the launch of a new Small Animal Hospital fundraising campaign. Advent specializes in assisting educational institutions with telling clarifying brand stories through targeted messaging, stimulating graphics, and innovative problem solving.

Finally, council members and guests enjoyed a special lunch performance by the ever-famous Aggie Wranglers.

Before the meeting, CVM Dean Eleanor Green and the college hosted Cathy and Patrick Breen ’79 and other members of the council for a dedication dinner in honor of the Breens, who decided as a family to give back to the college through a naming opportunity with one of the VIDI conference rooms.

Dr. Breen has committed his life to serving others, not only in the veterinary field but also in his own community.

The CVM is ever grateful for its supporters and looks forward to gathering for the next meeting.

To see more photos from the CVM Development Council meeting, click here, and for more images from the Breen conference room dedication, click here.

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