Blue Buffalo Company has donated $6 million to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University (OSU), which will help support clinical research on animal cancer detection and treatment and establish the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office.
Blue Buffalo founder Bill Bishop selected OSU’s research for funding because, in his opinion, it is the best veterinary school in the country.
“We look forward to making this a wonderful and growing partnership,” Bishop said.
OSU’s veterinary medicine program was ranked number five in the United States for 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
The clinical trials office started in 2007 with director Cheryl London and one other researcher, and has continued to grow ever since.
Bishop founded Blue Buffalo in 2003 while his family’s Airedale, Blue, was fighting his third bout of cancer.
“The more you talked to people, the more you saw cancer was just everywhere,” Bishop said.
The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research has raised about $12 million for the cause and is currently sponsoring more than 40 studies at universities and clinics.