Equine Initiative Receives 2.5 Million Grant in Honor of CVM Distinguished Alumnus
Posted June 07, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - The Burnett Foundation recently awarded
a $2.5 million challenge grant to the Texas A&M Foundation for
the Equine Initiative in honor of Dr. Glenn Blodgett, leader in
equine veterinary medicine and a 2011 CVM Distinguished Alumnus,
establishing the Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair.
This cornerstone gift will help support the Equine Initiative, a
collaboration between the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and the College of
Agriculture and Life Science Department of Animal Science at Texas
A&M University to establish the premiere equine program in the
nation. The Equine Initiative will utilize the expertise available
at Texas A&M to build an equine program that will graduate the
industry leaders and generate research and veterinary medical care
that will improve the equine industry and welfare of the horse. The
Equine Initiative is built on four major imperatives including;
curriculum enhancement, outreach and engagement expansion, facility
construction, and partnership development.
A 1974 graduate of the CVM, Blodgett has worked as a large
animal veterinarian for more than 35 years. Throughout his
veterinary career, he has contributed to the horse industry in many
areas, particularly in equine embryo transfer and artificial
insemination. Since 1982, Blodgett has been the resident
veterinarian and horse division manager for Burnett Ranches, LLC
(6666 Ranch) in Guthrie, Texas. Under his leadership, the ranch has
consistently produced and developed some of the most highly
recognized racing and western performance quarter horses worldwide,
earning the ranch numerous awards and distinctions from the
American Quarter Horse Association.
"I am truly honored and thankful to be recognized with a chair
that bears my name and to help support such a distinguished
program," explains Blodgett. "The Burnett family has a rich
heritage in the equine industry and this recent award to the Equine
Initiative is another reminder of what the Burnett Foundation has
done for the welfare of the horse. I wish nothing but the best for
my alma mater, and I know that Texas A&M has the knowledge and
tools to house a premiere horse facility. This grant will help to
initiate and fulfill the hopes of the equine industry, particularly
at Texas A&M."
"Both Dr. Glenn Blodgett and the Burnetts are icons in Texas,"
said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary
Medicine. "How special it is for the Burnett Foundation to honor
Dr. Blodgett in this meaningful way. The Glenn Blodgett Equine
Chair will contribute significantly to lasting excellence of the
Equine Initiative at Texas A&M in the number one equine state
in the nation. Students for years to come will know of Dr. Blodgett
as a role model for equine veterinarians and as a quintessential
horseman, as they will know the generosity of the Burnetts."
"This is a challenge gift, meaning the Burnett Foundation has
challenged us to raise an additional $2.5 million for the Glenn
Blodgett Equine Chair," explained Dr. Jim Heird, executive
professor and coordinator for the Equine Initiative. "We are
thrilled to have a cornerstone gift honoring such a deserving
friend of the program to kick off our fundraising efforts."
If you would like to contribute to the Glenn Blodgett Equine
Chair or any other program through the CVM, please contact Dr. O.J.
"Bubba" Woytek, assistant vice president for development, or Dr.
Guy A. Sheppard, director of development, in the Development Office
at the CVM at 979-845-9043.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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