Logo for the WAVE program

About the WAVE Program:

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Reverence for Life Commitment promises that animals will not be harmed in our teaching programs. A key element of this commitment is the WAVE (Willed deceased Animals for Veterinary Education) Program, which reaches out to animals owners to ask that they consider donating their beloved pets’ remains for anatomy and clinical skills education at the college. (The WAVE Program is modeled after the Human Willed Body Program at WesternU.) More than 500 deceased animals have been donated to the college in the last two years. These special animals are providing a greater quality of education to future generations of veterinarians.

All donations to WAVE must be deceased due to age, serious illness or injury. An animal that has no owner to approve the donation of its remains will not be accepted.

When the death of a beloved pet might be imminent, and you live within 40 miles of the college, please ask your veterinarian about donating to WAVE. For more info contact:


WAVE Program
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
FAX (909)469-5635


Establishing a Pet Trust

Those concerned about what will happen to their animals should their human caregivers become incapacitated or die might consider including provisions in an estate plan. One means of doing so is to establish a charitable remainder unitrust to ensure their care in the event disaster strikes. This can be easily accomplished and WesternU’s Planned Giving Office is available to assist in this process. For more information, contact Director of Development Tim McPheron at (909) 706-3762 or tmcpheron@westernu.edu.