The grant will pay for animal modeling and virtual-reality equipment to enhance and facilitate learning for students at a new Veterinary Simulation and Virtual Reality Centre.
The Molson Foundation has awarded a $1-million grant to Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV). This major contribution will allow the faculty to make important technological improvements for the benefit of next-generation veterinarians.
The grant will provide significant support for the development of a Veterinary Simulation and Virtual Reality Centre, a major FMV project designed to have an educational, ethical, and safety impact on students, teachers, and animal patients alike.
The new funding will allow for material acquisitions, including animal modeling and virtual reality equipment, key components in the evolving project, and greatly enhance the quality of the FMV’s fleet inventory.
The FMV already meets the highest standards in education with degrees that are recognized worldwide. Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, it meets strict criteria with its proven commitment to quality and continuous improvement in all its programs.
'Access to the most advanced teaching facilities'
“Thanks to this tremendous philanthropic initiative, we will soon have access to the most advanced teaching facilities for training Quebec’s future veterinarians, while respecting the highest ethical standards in animal care,” said FMV dean Christine Theoret.
“These well-trained professionals will be fully prepared to contribute to improved animal health and welfare, in addition to controlling emerging infectious diseases of animal origin and ensuring food safety, vital scientific links at the interface of human and animal well-being.”
Added Andrew T. Molson, president of the foundation: “Our contribution to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is certain to stimulate innovation and generate sustainable improvements in animal health science. This is in keeping with our vision for investing in the future of education and health.”
The Molson Foundation joins other donors in supporting the project for the new facility, which aims to be for years to come synonymous with the highest standards of quality in teaching and in animal health, and, ultimately, for human health as well.
About the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Located in the heart of a region dedicated to agri-food research and animal health at Saint-Hyacinthe, Université de Montréal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) is the only francophone veterinary school in North America. The FMV is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The FMV is a leader in the sector and a driving force in animal health and welfare, as well as in public health.