Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is the ideology or theory that as human beings we have an obligation to help give back to society as a whole. This is true not only from an economical perspective, but also from an environmental and societal welfare perspective as well. Because we have an impact on the environment we also need to behave ethically and help to create and maintain global sustainability.

The Veterinary Cancer Center is a proud supporter of the following organizations:

The Evidenced-Based Veterinary Medicine Association is a non-profit [501(c)(3), United States] professional organization with an international scope. It was founded to better organize the emerging research, training, and practice of evidence-based medicine. Evidence-based veterinary medicine is the formal strategy to integrate the best research evidence available combined with clinical expertise as well as the unique needs or wishes of each client in clinical practice. Much of this is based on results from research studies that have been critically-designed and statistically evaluated.

Founded by Jay and Betty Van Andel, Van Andel Institute's goal is to have an impact world-wide on medical science and education. The Institute supports Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) in achieving this goal. VARI conducts biomedical research, with a focus on cancer and Parkinson disease, and with an emphasis on translating scientific research results into clinical applications. VAEI strengthens science education, and prepares and motivates individuals to pursue science or science-related professions.

The Broad Institute was founded by Eli and Edythe Broad, who believed that this generation has a historic opportunity and responsibility to transform medicine by using systematic approaches in the biological sciences to dramatically accelerate the understanding and treatment of disease. To fulfill this mission, they need new kinds of research institutions, with a deeply collaborative spirit across disciplines and organizations, and having the capacity to tackle ambitious challenges.

The Animal Cancer Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancer in humans and companion animals.  Since 1999, ACF has been at the forefront in informing the general public, veterinarians, and the scientific community about the significance of comparative oncology, and funding innovative clinical trials and studies that evaluate the diagnostic and/or therapeutic potential of recent discoveries for advancement to clinical application

The Riedel & Cody Fund is a community of caregivers that provides help to raise money for people whose beloved pets are suffering with cancer who would normally lack the funds needed to treat. The Fund is not just about raising money. It is about spreading knowledge and hope; about giving people the tools and the place to help one another. It is a community that embodies all the values that one should emulate from their pets; one of unwavering dedication and compassion. A community that connects people in need with those with generosity of heart and of spirit. The Fund was created in memory of Riedel, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Cody, a Rottweiler, who waged their own heroic battles against cancer. (Read Riedel's or Cody's Story)

The Cheetah Conservation Fund stance is that understanding the cheetah's biology and ecology is essential to stabilize the population and manage its sustainability for the future. Its strategy to save the wild cheetah is a three-pronged process of research, conservation, and education, beginning with long-term studies to understand and monitor the factors affecting the cheetah's survival. Results of these studies are used to develop conservation policies and programs to sustain its populations. CCF actively works with local, national, and international communities to raise awareness, communicate, educate, and train.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. They do so through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.

The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Panthera has brought together the world's leading wild cat experts to direct and implement effective conservation strategies for the world's largest and most endangered cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards. Their approach to wild cat conservation is rooted in science and based upon decades of first hand field experience.

The National Geographic-Big Cat Initiative: From lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats of the world need help. Lionstigerscheetahsleopardsjaguars, and other top felines are quickly disappearing, all victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans. To address this critical situation, the National Geographic Society and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have launched the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, economic incentive efforts, and a global public-awareness campaign. "We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats," says Dereck Joubert.  They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe."

The International Union Conservation of Nature helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN also works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods, and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, and companies together to develop policy, laws, and best practices.

Research is expensive. Pet Cancer Awareness helps provide funds to universities and clinics that are conducting research on the causes, prevention and treatment of canine cancer and feline cancer. All funds raised by PCA will be distributed by The Blue Buffalo Foundation For Cancer Research.