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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 help lead to improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of prevalent, life-threatening diseases in animals. 

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For Researchers - Pharmacology Research Grant

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF) have partnered to fund research grants with a focus on veterinary pharmacology. This funding supports research projects designed to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in animals. Clinicians and scientists with an interest in veterinary pharmacology are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators. View list of frequently asked questions.

Two types of grants will be awarded if there is adequate quality of submissions:
     • Veterinary Pharmacology proposals for up to $30,000
     • Veterinary Pharmacokinetic proposals for up to $15,000

For Veterinary Residents - ACVCP Resident Grants

NEW! The Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF), the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology are partnering for the first time to offer current candidates who are enrolled in an approved Standard or Alternate ACVCP Training Program. Submitted proposals may address either Veterinary Pharmacokinetic or Pharmacology studies and comply with the existing criteria and other requirements for the VPRF grant program, as well as guidelines specific to the Resident Grants.

Proposals of up $20,000 will be considered for the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Resident Grant.


Important Dates

Call for Proposals: July 15, 2020

Deadline Date: September 15, 2020

Decision Date: January 15, 2021

2019 Grant Recipients

Veterinary Pharmacokinetic Research Grant

Dr. Kara Lascola, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of nebulized glycopyrrolate administered to asthmatic horses
Veterinary Pharmacology Research Grant

Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Identifying practical pharmaceutical approaches to mitigate castration pain on commercial swine farms

2018 Grant Recipients

Dr. Brian Riviere Memorial Veterinary Pharmacokinetic Research Grant:
Dr. John Thomason, Mississippi State University, "Population pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous enoxaparin in hypercoagulable dogs"
Dr. Jonathan Foster, Friendship Hospital for Animals, "Population pharmacokinetic analysis of enrofloxacin and its active metabolite ciprofloxacin following intravenous injection in cats with reduced kidney function"
Veterinary Pharmacology Research Grant:
Dr. Lauren Trepanier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Understanding individual risk of toxicity from drugs with narrow safety margins in dogs"


2017 Grant Recipients

Veterinary Pharmacology Research Grant: Dr. Derek Foster, North Carolina State University, "Continuous sampling of the bovine udder by ultrafiltration to assess the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of intramammary ceftiofur"

Veterinary Pharmacokinetic Research Grant: Dr. Duncan Lascelles, North Carolina State University, "The pharmacokinetics of gabapentin in cats by three routes of administration"

Early Stage Investigator Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Early Stage Investigator Awards:


First Place: Dr. Heather Gardner


Second Place: Dr. Breanna Sheahan


Third Place: Dr. Elaine Norton



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 2018-2019 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarships:


Sydney Bork – Colorado State University

"Efficacy of a Nrf2 agonist for disease and symptom modification of osteoarthritis"


Gillian Herbert – University of Georgia

"Antitumor activity of a selective Bcl-2 inhibitor in an in vivo canine lymphoma xenograft model." 


Kaylie Canda – University of Missouri

“The role of microglia and inflammation following respiratory motor neuron death”


Rachel Stahl – The Ohio State University

"Role of HTLV-1 HBZ in Transformation and Disease"


Tyler Hawbecker – Iowa State University

"Impact of Fluoroquinolone treatment on the GI microbiome and antibiotic resistance in calves" 



AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

The AVMF provides support of the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars 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 2019 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award: 


 Dr. Jessica Quimby, The Ohio State University

AVMF Research Grant for Pain Management in Dogs

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has announced a request for proposals focused on the management of pain originating from osteoarthritis or other diseases prevalent in older dogs.

**Application period TBA**

2018 Grant Recipient
Dr. Kristin Messenger, North Carolina State University
"The effects of combined carprofen and omeprazole administration on carprofen pharmacokinetics and gastrointestinal permeability in dogs"
2017 Grant Recipient
Dr. Butch KuKanich, Kansas State University
"Development of an abuse resistant analgesic for dogs with moderate to severe pain"