Devoted to Helping Animals in California
The California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) is a non-profit organization established to sponsor and nurture kindness, education and well-being for all animals and people and their environment.

Disaster Reimbursement Grants for Veterinarians

The CVMF provides reimbursement grants to veterinarians for out-of-pocket emergency medical care and expenses for animals injured or displaced by disasters. To view the guidelines and submit a request for reimbursement, please click here.


Donate to the CVMF to Aid Animals in Disaster


The California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) provides funds to help animals in disasters by:

• Purchasing veterinary medical supplies.
• Supporting our Medical Reserve Corps.
• Allowing veterinarians who help animal victims in their practice to apply for reimbursement for supplies and services.

The California Medical Reserve Corps is the largest veterinary medical reserve corps in the country. The CAVMRC provides veterinary professionals with the training and credentialing necessary to deploy under state authorities during declared emergencies. For more information about the CAVMRC or to volunteer, please visit

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CVMF Donates $500 To CVMA's 2019 Animal Hall of Fame Winner, Max

Eight-year-old Belgian Malinois Max loves to help people. More specifically, he and his owner Martin Wendels love to help find missing people. As a search and rescue (SAR) dog, Max has participated in numerous rescues in the Central Valley including the Camp Fire in Northern California where he worked under extreme circumstances for seven days until his foot was lacerated from the debris.

Max is a trained trailing and cadaver dog. He and Martin are the only civilian search and rescue team the Fresno Police Department uses. They routinely volunteer their time to assist with numerous missing person cases.

Max and Martin are also part of Yosemite Park’s dedicated team of SAR handlers and dogs, nicknamed YODOGS. They help with not only incidents but also with the park’s preventative SAR program. In 2017 during the Thanksgiving holiday, Max successfully tracked a potentially suicidal person to the edge of a viewpoint in the area.

During a winter storm in Yosemite in February 2018, Max worked in very cold and snowy conditions to help with the search for a backpacker leading to a successful rescue.

Max has helped numerous agencies and groups find loved ones, and even under extreme conditions, he continues his efforts. He is an outstanding example of the human-animal bond and a very welcome inductee into the California Animal Hall of Fame.


CVMF Student Scholarship Awards

The CVMF Ron Faoro DVM Student Scholarship Award

The CVMF awards $1,000 scholarships to second, third or fourth-year veterinary students for their role in leadership or the human-animal bond. Applicants should be students in good standing at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine or the Western University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Applications were accepted from February 1 through April 12, 2019 for this year's award! Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners! The Human-Animal Bond role recipients are Tatiana DiMugno from UC Davis and Clinson Lui from Western University. The recipients in the Leadership category are Maegha Singh from UC Davis and Mika Polniaszek from Western University.

The CVMF/VISC Student Scholarship Award

This scholarship, funded by the Veterinary Insurance Services Company (VISC),  is awarded to third and fourth year veterinary students at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine or California residents attending out-of-state AVMA accredited veterinary medical colleges.

Applications were accepted from February 1 - April 12, 2019 for this year's award! Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Pietro Catini, Annika Fling, Sarah Freeman Colleen Guilfoyle, Marlene Haggblade, Rebecca Horn, and Laura Weintraub!

CVMF Awards Scholarships to UC Davis and Western  Students for Shelter Service or Disaster Response

Each year the California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) presents scholarship awards to third or fourth year veterinary students at both veterinary schools in California who show outstanding service in veterinary medicine at a city or county animal shelter, or during a recognized California disaster response effort.

In May 2019 the CVMF was pleased to present these awards to Mackenzie Quick of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and to Lourdes Elias of the Western University School of Veterinary Medicine.