Gift to pay for surgical rooms at OVC

The $2.5 million donation came from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso

A$2.5 million donation from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, a Toronto charitable organization, will go a long way toward construction of the Surgical and Anesthesia Facilities at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College.

The money—more than $1.8 million U.S.—is for the James Slaight Advanced Surgical Complex, which will house multiple operating rooms. The complex will be named after Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight’s late poodle, James.

“With these sophisticated new facilities, OVC will provide the most advanced care possible, benefiting pets and their owners,” said University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino, MS, Ph.D. “Our students—the veterinarians of the future—will also have access to the latest technology and techniques.”

Gattuso acknowledged that her motivation for the donation came from two sources: her affection for James and Stewart—the couple’s other, living dog—and “the passion that the OVC veterinary team has for their work and their drive to advance veterinary care.”

The overall project is estimated to cost $9 million ($6.7 million U.S.)

Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Did you enjoy this article? Then subscribe today! 

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