With a new $12.1 million grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, the College of Veterinary Medicine is launching a new institute focused on companion animal behavior that will serve as a one-of-a-kind resource for veterinarians and nationwide pet owners.
The Duffield Institute for Animal Behavior will build on the college’s globally recognized academic, research, clinical and outreach programs to advance the understanding of animal behavior and welfare – with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of pets and their caretakers.
In addition to endowing the Duffield Institute, the Duffield Foundation will establish the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Chair to provide essential leadership to its work. The foundation will also support the creation of a summer program for service dog trainers that will establish and share best practices in the training and care of service dogs, to help address the shortage. national trainers and dogs to help veterans and others in need. . Finally, the Duffield Institute Endowment will provide faculty leadership, clinical residencies, and research grants for discoveries related to animal behavior.
“The new Duffield Institute and the Duffield Chair in Veterinary Medicine will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of companion animals and the humans whose lives they enrich,” said President Martha E. Pollack. “I am so pleased that Dave and Cheryl Duffield have chosen to extend their already tremendous support to Cornell in this way and strengthen the university’s position as a leader in understanding animal behavior and health.”
“This generous donation from Dave and Cheryl Duffield is an exciting new milestone for the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Lorin D. Warnick, Ph.D. ’94, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “This support allows our faculty to deepen and expand their work in the important areas of animal behavior and human-animal bonding, and will bring additional expertise to the college. We are extremely grateful for the positive impact their donation will have on animal health.
“We are honored to partner with Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in this endeavor because it connects the Foundation’s two primary goals: helping veterans and animal welfare,” said Dave Duffield ’62, MBA ’64. , founder of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. “It is amazing to be able to improve the lives of our country’s veterans, who have served us, by providing service dog training programs that will serve them. Combined, the service dog training program of the The institute and significant behavioral research and programs will improve service dogs’ relationships with their handlers and pets with their families, helping them live longer, healthier and happier lives.
The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation established by the Duffields, who are also the founders of Maddie’s Fund.
The Duffields’ philanthropy to Cornell also includes support for Duffield Hall, one of the nation’s most sophisticated research and teaching facilities for nanoscale science and engineering.
A prolific Cornell engineer, innovator and entrepreneur, Dave Duffield has founded six companies over the past five decades, including PeopleSoft and Workday. His latest venture, Ridgeline, is an enterprise software company that builds an industrial cloud platform for investment management. He was honored as Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996 and the first recipient of the Cornell Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
Behavioral issues are a leading cause of American pet owners abandoning their dogs and cats to animal shelters. The new Duffield Institute for Animal Behavior will serve as a trusted resource for veterinarians, service dog organizations and pet owners in furthering the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of behavioral disorders in companion and service animals through teaching, research, services and awareness.
Lauren Cahoon Roberts is Director of Communications for the College of Veterinary Medicine.