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. 

We need your support to:

  • Expand our Equine Sports Medicine Program (LEC Research Support Fund)

      • Several faculty members have developed successful research programs in osteoarthritis and defining the equine genome; explaining the cause of many conditions that limit equine performance.
  • Endow a Chair of Equine Sports Medicine (LEC Fund)

      • Dedicated position to expand research and clinical applications in sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Expand our West Metro Equine Practice (LEC Building Fund)

      • Improve student education by providing dorm accommodations for 24 x 7 emergency cases

      • Offer continuing education to west metro horse owners and practitioners

      • Ability to purchase an additional ambulatory practice vehicle

      • Provide larger office space and a conference room

  • Build a new isolation facility at the Leatherdale Equine Center (LEC Building Fund)

      • Existing isolation unit at the old Large Animal Hospital is small and inefficient for patients, clients and staff because it is located several blocks away from the LEC and is not up to today’s standards for an isolation facility 

  • Upgrade the neonatal foal care requires significant changes to match state-of-the-art patient care capabilities (LEC Building Fund) 


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
E-mail: mkmeans@umn.edu