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. It also provides financial support for improvements to the facility and care of the teaching/research horses as well as the grounds, buildings, paddocks and annual operating expenses. 

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- new isolation facility
Our current facility is outdated and located in the Large Animal Hospital which is in a different building.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. 

Strike Zone "Striker" memorial equine scholarship

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

Leatherdale Equine Center reflection garden

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

West Metro Equine Practice fund
To support non-capital expenses at the West Metro Equine Practice in equine ambulatory care, educational support of DVM students, clinical support and continuing education and outreach. 

Equine Surgery, Lameness and Sports Medicine Fund
To support the Equine Surgery, Lameness and Sports Medicine services within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funds will be used to support equipment purchases to Equine health as well as resident and student training in these service areas.

Dr. Don and Isy French Large Animal Medicine Fund
The fund provides support to the Large Animal Medicine division in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Funds will be used to support clinical equipment purchases, research projects pertaining to large animal health, and resident training in areas of Large Animal Medicine.

The Hercules Compassion Fund
To support equine patient care in the Piper Equine Hospital, Large Animal Hospital or West Metro Equine Practice of the Veterinary Medical Center. For clients who demonstrate financial need.

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
Cell: 208-310-3562