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The Manton Foundation

About the need

When an animal with a highly contagious disease is brought to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine it is immediately placed in isolation to prevent spreading the illness to other patients. If the isolation stalls are full, the staff may reluctantly have to turn the animal away, fearing an outbreak of the disease.

Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, says, "Horses will silently carry salmonella and can put other horses at risk. Another one we see frequently is strangles, a respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Once you get it in the barn it can spread quickly."

About the gift

Thanks to a $2.5 million gift from The Manton Foundation, the Hospital for Large Animals at the veterinary school will have the capacity to care for more sick animals with infectious diseases. The gift will establish a separate isolation unit for large animals with an additional six stalls, adding to the two already at the hospital.

"It means wonderful things for the school," says Paradis. She says the isolation units will be housed in a separate building, not far from the large-animal hospital. It will consist of six separate stalls, each self-contained, with separate ventilation units. "I've wanted this for over 15 years, and I didn't imagine seeing it before I retired. It's a major need and absolutely something that everyone has wanted."

Why The Manton Foundation gives to Tufts

Sandy Niles, a trustee of The Manton Foundation, says she and her family have long been aware of the excellent work of the veterinary school. "We have always felt incredibly fortunate to have access to a nationally renowned facility," she says.