Home to one of the nation’s leading companion animal hospitals, NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine also serves as a premier learning environment for veterinary students. Thanks to a $5 million gift from Michele and Ross Annable — and a generous one-to-one match from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation — many of those students will now receive scholarship support and powerful encouragement to serve their communities.

The Annables know firsthand the value of world-class veterinary care. When their beloved German Shepherd, Jordan, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, the couple faced a painful decision: euthanasia or complex surgery. Their local vet in Charlotte recommended that Jordan undergo the necessary procedure at NC State. The Annables took that advice into account, but they also thoroughly researched their options.

NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine won them over for three reasons: the care and competence demonstrated by all of its staff, the quality of its facilities and technology, and its superb national ranking — third in the country, according toU.S. News & World Report.

“We came to understand why the college was ranked as highly as it is,” said Ross Annable. “The fact that it already had such a strong and richly deserved reputation made it an easy decision for the two of us.”

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