Gift Accelerates Launch of Canine Health Center at Cornell | Donations to the community
ITHACA – $ 30 million donation from Margaret and Richard Riney endowed and named the Cornell Margaret and Richard Riney Canine Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine to improve dog health and well-being through research, awareness and a world class engagement with dog lovers.
The transformational donation accelerates the launch of the center and allocates essential funding to advance research and innovations related to canine health.
“We know firsthand the importance and the benefits of the relationships that humans have with animals, especially with our pets,” said Richard Riney. “We wanted to support large-scale research initiatives that can help dogs live their best lives, while recognizing that canine disease research can help advance human medicine.”
The Rineys have focused their philanthropic efforts on health, education, the arts and animals through the Margaret and Richard Riney Family Foundation. They are particularly interested in leveraging their philanthropy by funding research initiatives, an intention that fits well with the many ways the College of Veterinary Medicine has created internal research support opportunities for its faculty.
The donation positions the Cornell Riney Canine Health Center to become a leading source of dog research-based information. The funding will initially fund a large internal grants program for research related to canine health, with particular emphasis on the study of cancer, genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, in particular. building on the strengths of Cornell’s current program.
The center aims to establish itself as the most trusted source of information related to canine health. The centre’s website will feature helpful health videos, webinars, stories and explanations that meet the needs of dog lovers and owners, breeders and veterinary care providers. Online sites will be created to facilitate two-way communication between the centre’s experts and content developers and the public.
The College of Veterinary Medicine – one of the world’s leading veterinary colleges – is uniquely equipped to host the Canine Health Center, with over 50 researchers working on canine health-related research across many departments