Bequests | Centre for Veterinary Education


The Centre for Veterinary Education is a totally self‑funded, not-for-profit organisation, providing veterinary continuing education.

Established in 1965 as the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, the CVE's mission is to provide practical and applied professional development to meet the needs of veterinarians and others involved in the care and welfare of all animals though innovative, comprehensive and independent resources.

Bequests and donations received over the years have allowed us to develop projects and programs that have enhanced the care and welfare of animals in Australia and overseas. We are indebted to the generosity of our benefactors for making provisions for the education of those involved in the care and welfare of animals. All significant bequests are held as secure investments by the University of Sydney and a proportion of the investment income is made available to the CVE each year to invest in specific projects.


  Current Bequests

In April 1993 the University of Sydney was informed that the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science was a significant beneficiary of a bequest from Valentine Eunice Margaret Victoria Charlton. The primary objective of this bequest is to provide for ongoing research and education in feline medicine and welfare with a particular emphasis on feline respiratory diseases.

From 1993, interest from this bequest has also been used to fund research, most notably through the position of the Valentine Charlton Veterinary Specialist. Continuing education events with a feline focus have been offered every year and a distance education program was developed with funds from this bequest.

In 2003 the decision was made to invest $1M in the building of a specialist feline clinic within the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Sydney. This donation was to be matched ‘dollar for dollar’ by the University and resulted in the Valentine Charlton Cat Clinic.

The wishes of Valentine Charlton were further recognised in 2012 when it was decided to commit funds to post-doctoral feline research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science. In early 2014 Angeles Sanchez-Perez commenced a half-time three year appointment in Feline Virology with Prof Jacqui Norris.

In May 2008 the PGF was informed that Jessie Mary Briggs had left a bequest to the PGF to be used for continuing education of veterinarians in Sydney.

2008 a bequest was received from the estate of Muriel Mary Snow to fund research in domestic cats to benefit registered breeders of Abyssinian and Siamese cats.


If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your will, the Director of the Centre would be pleased to speak with you in confidence.

Enquiries are welcomed from executors, trustees, solicitors and those contemplating gifts and bequests. Note: gifts to the Centre for Veterinary Education are exempt from Duty.

Contact us

Centre for Veterinary Education
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Level 2 Building 22, Regimental Drive
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Telephone: 61 2 9351 7979