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Gift renames veterinary college's farm animal hospital

Nemo enjoys a treat from Dr. Emily Barrell, a member of the team at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University that treated him for lymphoma.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced today that it has received a gift from George Goldner and Nancy Krieg, animal lovers of creatures great and small.

The college will name its farm animal hospital the Nemo Farm Animal Hospital in memory of the couple’s beloved pig. Nemo made headlines in 2013 as the first of his species to undergo a multidrug chemotherapy protocol for lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer.

CVM oncologists treated Nemo with the chemotherapy protocol used to treat lymphoma in dogs, cats and humans, modifying the delivery method for a 730-pound pig. The treatment put Nemo’s disease into remission for more than a year and markedly advanced comparative cancer therapy knowledge. Nemo died May 6, 2014.

“We are deeply grateful to George and Nancy for their generous gift in memory of Nemo,” said Michael Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “It will help us to remain at the forefront of cancer research, to purchase the necessary technology and to recruit the very best talent to carry out this vital work.”

“We are delighted to memorialize dear Nemo by supporting this great institution, which extended his life with intelligence, creativity and dedication,” said Goldner. “His story touched many hearts, and we hope it will encourage the belief that all animals deserve compassionate care and kindness.”

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