The facility: Leatherdale Equine Center
Why it’s important: Minnesota ranks in the top 15 states for horse ownership—and when those horses need veterinary care, their human companions turn to the U of M’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
What happens there: The center helps more than 1,000 horses each year through clinical services, research, education, and classes and community events.
Focus: The center specializes in internal medicine, reproduction, surgery, lameness, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, and imaging.
Why gifts matter: Built in 2007, the center was made possible by a lead gift from Louise and Doug Leatherdale. Other generous donors funded a performance medicine and reproductive clinic and a standing MRI that allows 3-D viewing of injuries to horses’ feet and legs.
How scholarship gifts make a difference: Scholarship support allowed Zach Loppnow to work as a student trainer for Hercules, a 2,000-pound Belgian draft horse who serves as an equine blood donor and public ambassador.
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