Giving to the Equine Center

Make a difference in the health of horses and horse owners.

The next decade: building on our success

When it opened in 2007, the Leatherdale Equine Center (LEC) represented a great leap forward in terms of quality and expanded capacity for equine teaching, clinical service, and research at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.  Continuous improvements in the next decade have been identified.  The success will require a focus of effort and resources. 

You can make an impact in others’ lives by supporting the best in equine care, veterinary research, veterinary education, programs, equipment and facilities. 

Ways to Give:

Equine Research Support Fund

This fund provides research graduate fellowships for equine-track students. It supports continued research in equine genetics, lameness and osteoarthritis; expanding our equine sports medicine. Additionally, it provides support for the on-campus teaching herd critical to our equine veterinary program.  

Leatherdale Equine Center Fund

This fund supports non-capital expenses at the Equine Center such as program support, clinical support, education, and outreach.

Leatherdale Equine Center Building Fund

This fund expands two critical projects:

The West Metro Equine Ambulatory Practice 
We have outgrown the current space.  We need a facility to better accommodate student education (providing dorm accommodations for 24 x 7 emergency cases) and a conference room to offer continuing education to west metro horse owners and practitioners. It will also fund an additional ambulatory practice vehicle.
New isolation facility at the Leatherdale Equine Center  
Our current facility is outdated and located in the Large Animal Hospital which is in a different building. We feel it is important to build an onsite isolation facility at the Leatherdale Equine Center for efficiency and continued quality care. 

UFC Farm Supply Reflection Garden

This funds small equipment purchases and repairs of current equipment as well as the needs of the Leatherdale Equine Reflection Garden.

Strike Zone "Striker" Memorial Equine Scholarship

This fund provides payments to full-time students in the College of Veterinary Medicine for freshman, sophomore, or junior students with a strong interested in equine medicine who have shown dedication to learning and compassion for the horse.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss making a gift, please reach out to Mindy Means with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Additional information about ways to give can be found on the University of Minnesota Foundation website. 

Mindy K. Means
Development Officer
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 612-626-5482