College of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Memorial Program


The tragic death of a pet is a significant event for everyone involved. The void created by such a loss resonances with memories of the trust, respect, joy and friendship developed over a lifetime.

We understand that these are difficult times. Many choose to seek opportunities to enhance the meaning of their loss by memorializing such an important relationship.

This is why the Pet Memorial Program (PMP) was developed. PMP provides an opportunity for guardians and friends to support the education of the next generation of compassionate, skilled veterinary healers while memorializing the relationship that existed with cherished pets.

When a gift is made, a personalized card is sent to the pet owner acknowledging the loss and informing them of the financial contribution made in memory of their pet. Pet owners are invited to submit a photo and story that is posted to our digital memorial wall that they can share with family and friends.

Gifts to the Pet Memorial Program are split equally between a current use CVM Student Benefit Fund and an endowed CVM Student Benefit Fund (unless otherwise directed by the donor). The endowed fund will build to a minimum level of $20,000, at that time it will become fully endowed and the interest earned each year will be made available in the current use fund.

The interest from the endowed fund along with the current use Student Benefit Fund allows the college to provide important funding toward a variety of student needs including: scholarships, travel grants, research stipends, clinical training (equipment, supplies, etc.) and other student centered priorities as they arise.

Thank you for your support of the Pet Memorial Program at WesternU. Countless students, faculty and animal friends will benefit from gifts like yours.

Be sure to complete the 2-step process below to finalize your gift:

  • Step 1 (contact info): Complete the Donation – Pet Memorial Program  form to give us information about you and the pet owner(s) and pet(s) you want to make a gift in memory of. 
  • Step 2 (payment): Once you submit this form you will be redirected to the WesternU secure online gift form where you may make your donation by using your credit or debit card.

Alternatively, after completing the Donation – Pet Memorial Program  form, you may mail your donations to the following address:

  • Pet Memorial Program
    Western University of Health Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    309 E. Second St.
    Pomona, CA 91766-1854
    Please make checks payable to “WesternU”

Or you may make a phone payment by calling Tim McPheron, Director of Development CVM at 909-706-3762 during normal business hours.

Please feel free to contact Tim McPheron with any questions, remarks or concerns: 909-706-3762 tmcpheron@westernu.edu