The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health

Sciences has received a $250,000 grant from Maddie’s FundSM, a

family foundation endowed by PeopleSoft business software founder and

board chairman Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. The grant,

titled “”Integration & Application of the Maddie’sSM, Shelter

Medicine throughout a four-year curriculum at a new College of Veterinary

Medicine,”” is the first part of a $1.25 million proposal – the single

largest private donation in the university’s 25-year history – to be

implemented over five years.

The funds will support the development of a new Maddie’sSM

Shelter Medicine Program at the college, which will open its doors to its

charter class of students in fall 2003.

The program will integrate the no-kill philosophy and methods into the

core curriculum for veterinary students; provide medical consultation and

other services to animal shelters including no-kill animal shelters; and

make clinical experiences at no-kill shelters a significant component of

the college’s program.

“”We are honored to partner with Maddie’s FundSM as the

recipient of this generous grant,”” said Shirley Johnston, DVM, PhD,

founding dean of the college, which is the first and only veterinary

medical school in Southern California.

“”The success of our proposal has, in some part, relied upon our reverence-

for-life philosophy, which permeates our educational programs and

alliances with area shelters, rescue groups, California Polytechnic

University, Pomona, and private veterinary practices. We want to thank

the foundation and the board of directors for their encouragement and


The Alameda, Calif.-based foundation is helping to finance the creation of

a “”no-kill”” nation and is devoted to saving the lives of companion animals

by ending the practice of euthanasia in animal shelters in favor of

finding homes for healthy, adoptable dogs and cats. The foundation bears

the name of the Duffields’ beloved miniature schnauzer who died in 1997.

“”We believe this contribution ushers in an important era for giving to

Western University of Health Sciences,”” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD,

university president. “”We are honored that organizations of the caliber

of Maddie’s FundSM recognize our efforts to educate competent

and caring health care professionals who have a compassion for all life.””

In addition to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of

Health Sciences, a private, non-profit university, has four other colleges

educating students to become pharmacists, osteopathic physicians, physical

therapists, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants.

About Maddie’s Fund:

Maddie’s FundSM, the Pet Rescue Foundation, is a family

foundation endowed through the generosity of Cheryl and Dave Duffield,

PeopleSoft Founder and Board Chairman. The foundation is helping to fund

the creation of a no-kill nation. The first step is to help create

programs that guarantee loving homes for all healthy, adoptable shelter

dogs and cats throughout the country. The next step will be to save the

sick and injured pets in animal shelters nationwide. For more information

about Maddie’s FundSM, visit