WARF’s $15 million gift caps vet school fundraising

Planned expansion of UW–Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine now has the necessary funding after the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation gifted $15 million toward the project, according to an article in The Capital Times.

The donation by WARF, the university’s technology licensing arm, follows a $90 million allocation in the 2019–2021 state budget. State dollars were contingent on the university raising an additional $38 million; with WARF’s donation, it has exceeded that total.

Design work has already begun, and construction is expected to begin in 2021. Under current plans, the expansion will be connected to the current building on three floors, and a new parking lot in Lot 62 will accommodate the expansion.

Additional space and modernization are needed because class sizes at the veterinary school, which performs about 75 percent of infectious disease research at the university, have increased 20 percent.