Written by: Linda B. and Dr. Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM
As a follow up to the Orvis Blog posted one year ago today, “In Memory of Rudy,” I have started an Animal Cancer Awareness campaign to support cancer studies for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Foundation. I choose yellow as the main color for this Animal Cancer Awareness ribbon, with silver paws in memory of my yellow Labrador, Rudy. Because of specialty medicine, we were able to have three extra months of quality time with Rudy when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May of 2010; he succumbed to the cancer in September, 2010. I will always cherish that extra time. It is my hope to raise awareness and support for cancer studies for all animals through the ACVIM Foundation with this Awareness Ribbon.
This Animal Cancer Awareness Ribbon is currently available to purchase from Kristopher Mark Designs, Kristopher Mark Designs. Twenty percent of the purchase price of this pendant will be donated to ACVIM Foundation for animal cancer studies.
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Foundation, a non-profit organization, supports and advances the work of Board-certified veterinary specialists by funding studies in oncology, cardiology, neurology, large-animal internal medicine, and small-animal internal medicine. These studies address the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals, such as cancer, and may also lead to discoveries that can help humans with similar diseases. In addition, a vital part of our mission is to spread the word to all pet owners that veterinary specialty medicine does exist and that even with a cancer diagnosis, there are treatments that may provide a high quality of life for your pet for months or even years to come.
Since 2002, the Foundation has funded over 60 studies, including 12 oncology studies, through the help of supporters like you. ACVIM board-certified oncologists around the globe work hard every day to provide our pets with the most up-to-date treatment and prevention measures in order for animals to live longer healthier lives. For more information on the work being done, or to make a donation to help support these grant opportunities, please visit our website