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Animal health research is crucial to the future of veterinary medicine. The AVMF devotes its efforts to raising financial support for research projects that will lead to improved treatment and cures for prevalent, life-threatening illnesses in animals such as cancer and diabetes - illnesses that have touched so many of the animals we love and care for.

Your donations support the following research initiatives:

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Young Investigator Awards – Graduate veterinarians pursuing advanced research training through doctoral or post-doctoral programs are invited to compete for an AVMF sponsored Young Investigator Award.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Young Investigator Awards:

First Place:  Dr. Maciej Parys

Characterization of Immunomodulatory Properties of Feline Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Second Place: Dr. Nora Springer

Biomaterial Composition Influences In Vitro Macrophage Behavior
Third Place: Dr. Elshafa Ahmed

Development of a Genetic Risk Profile for Epstein-Barr Virus Associated Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease


Visit the new AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD)!
Veterinarians and animal owners may search the database to find studies that might be relevant to their patient or pet, either for a particular condition or even to provide health data or a sample from a normal animal.

AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarships
– The program provides support for students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarships:

Samantha Fousse
University of California - Davis
Courtney Rousse
North Carolina State University
Kim Haight
University of Georgia
Courtney Smith
Texas A&M University
Rachel McMahon
University of Wisconsin-Madison


AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

MERIAL / NIH RESEARCH VETERINARY SCHOLARS SYMPOSIUM – The AVMF provides support of the symposium including presentation of the following AVMA Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Research Awards:  AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award, AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award, and the AVMA Clinical Research Award.

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2016 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award: 

Dr. Andrea Fascetti, VMD, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Fascetti's work includes extensive contributions to the expansion of veterinary nutrition, including: research of trace mineral and amino acid metabolism, obesity, carnivore nutrition, nutritional idiosyncrasies of the cat, and improvement of pet foods and clinical nutrition.


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2016 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarship Recipients

Mitch Caudill
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The Proline Utilization System of Brucella abortus is Required for Virulent Infection
Sarah Linn
The Ohio State University

Experimental modeling of the nonspecific protective effects of measles virus vaccination

Sarah Chung
Texas A&M University

SCP-2/SCP-X Gene Ablation Impairs Endocannabinoid Induction in Fabp1 null Mice




No Photo Available  - Kimberly (Schreiber) Young
North Carolina State University 

Jordan Ford
Cornell University

Parvovirus Detection by PCR and ISH is Associated with Myocarditis and Cardiomyopathy in Young Dogs