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We sign and send individual cards, with the following greeting, to your list of recipients – $10/card

In this season when gifts of love abound, we take special joy in notifying you that a gift has been made in your honor to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

May the thought of this gift to support animal health and well-being help make your holiday season merry and bright!

This gift was made by (We sign your name here)


We mail you a set of 10 cards and envelopes, with the following greeting, for you to sign and send – $30/set

Happy Holidays


How To Order

Online ordering is available for orders of 25 or less holiday cards or sets.
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To submit your holiday card order by mail, print and complete the card order form.  Mail the card order form and payment to: Holiday Card Order, UW School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706-1102

About the Artist

Dr. Dörte Döpfer, DVM, PhD, considers herself “a hobby artist” who developed her love of painting as a toddler spending time using paints and pencils to tell stories. Her grandfather provided her first watercolor set and a “big brush” because he thought those so important for a starting artist. Fascinated by mosaics, the challenge to assemble a “whole” from all its facets and pieces while preserving the “enchantment inside,” is one of the driving motivations for her beadwork, painting and storytelling.

Dr. Döpfer’s 2021 holiday cards reflect how much we care for and are cared by animals. This sentiment is also reflected in her earlier “may you be well” Project, an eight-painting series showing cows Bavarian Brown Cattle and Fleckvieh cattle in their environments under human care. For this series, Dr. Döpfer painted the images on birchwood panels, using watercolors, acrylic and water mixable oil paints, in collaboration with fellow veterinarian and artist Ineke Eyck.

Born in Germany, Dr. Döpfer earned her DVM from Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and earned her MSc in Epidemiology and PhD in veterinary microbiology from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. She has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine since 2008 and is currently a professor of Food Animal Production Medicine. She resides in Middleton, Wisconsin, together with her husband, two college-age children, her two cats, and a pony.

Paintings from Döpfer's 2020 "may you be well" project.

Alternative Card Designs

The following previous-year holiday cards are available in limited quantities. Orders for these designs must be submitted by mail. If the design you select sells out, we will contact you before proceeding with your order.

two puppies in snow
Winter Romp (Single Cards Only)
Joy Ride (Cards and Sets)
painting of mother dog nuzzling puppy
Golden Moments (Cards and Sets)
Can't Wait (Single Cards Only)
Dog and cat playing with red ribbon
My Ribbon (Sets Only)
Short and Sweet (Cards and Sets)