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Forward Together

About the Sculpture

John Hallett has always loved art as much as animals and science. In keeping with his generous and civic spirit, Hallett offered to create a tribute art piece for the school’s building expansion project – a proposed 3,000-pound bronze sculpture depicting the student experience at the SVM. The project will be a multi-step, multi-year process.

Having so many vivid memories from his time as a DVM student ignites his desire to be part of the school’s continuing story: “I have an emotional connection to the school. For me it truly feels like family. The relationships I developed there over the four- year program have turned into lifelong friendships,” he says.


Learn more about Dr. Hallett’s vision for the Forward Together sculpture in his own words by watching the videos below.

The Margo and Jack Edl Match

Margo and Jack Edl, long-time clients and friends of the school, have committed $100,000 to match all gifts to the Forward Together sculpture. Through the Margo and Jack Edl Match, they hope to inspire others to support this exciting opportunity to showcase veterinary medical students and their pursuit of a dream.

“Our love of animals and those who care for them is what inspired us to share this gift,” the Edls say. “We hope you will join us in support of what we believe will become an iconic symbol of the impact veterinary medical students have on the world.”

All gifts to the sculpture will be doubled through the Edls’ one-to-one match. And because Dr. Hallett is donating his time and talent, all gifts or pledges will go directly support the cost of creating and installing the sculpture.

Make a gift today!

For questions about the match or more information about a pledge, contact Pat Bowdish at 608-332-4750 or

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