A $10.7 million gift from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation—the largest single cash gift in the campus’s history—will boost significantly efforts to improve aging facilities at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and to restore full accreditation to the nation’s top-ranked vet school.

“The very generous gift from the Valley family foundation could not have been more timely,” said UC Davis Chancellor Larry N. Vanderhoef. “It endorses the unsurpassed quality and vitality of our veterinary medicine programs while addressing the inadequacy of the facilities in which those programs currently operate. Along with efforts we’ve already initiated—our capital campaign, building renovations, and a new building in our state capital budget—the foundation’s gift helps us take several significant steps toward restored full accreditation.”

In November, the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, the accrediting body for all U.S. veterinary educational institutions, assigned the school limited accreditation status for two years, citing a need for modernized classrooms and laboratories and adequate classroom space. In all other categories—faculty, research, curriculum, clinical resources, library resources, students, admissions, continuing education, and organization—the school met or exceeded the accreditation standards. At the end of the two-year period, the school may regain full accreditation if sufficient progress has been made in correcting facilities deficiencies. In the meantime, the school remains accredited, with students qualifying for national certification and state licensing examinations.

The Valley family foundation’s gift will support renovation and construction of instructional, research, and office space, includin