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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. 

Your donations support advancements in the health and well-being of animals!

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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. Funding is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Susan I. Maylahn.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this grant. Check back in September 2019 for more information.

2017 Grant Recipient

Dr. Butch KuKanich, Kansas State University
"Development of an abuse resistant analgesic for dogs with moderate to severe pain"

For Researchers - Pharmacology Research Grants

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 will 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.

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

2018 applications are no longer being accepted. Check back in July 2019 for more information.

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

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Early Investigator Awards:

  First Place:  Dr. Amanda Ziegler
  Second Place: Dr. Elizabeth Moore
  Third Place: Dr. Mirilia Takada



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 2017-2018 AVMA/AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarships:


Ashley Hopkins, Purdue University

In vitro study of the safety and efficacy of novel isonitrile compounds for treatment of drug resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius


Logan K. Weyand, Washington State University

Fatal pneumonia in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) lambs: the critical role of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae carrier ewes


Paxton Parker, University of Tennessee

Acute and subacute effects of a synthetic kisspeptin analog on serum concentrations of luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, and testosterone in prepubertal bull calves.


Zoe Williams, Michigan State University

Proteomic and Transcriptomic Profiling of Warmblood Horses with Myofibrillar Myopathy


Keira Sztukowski, Colorado State University

Use of FDG-PET/CT to characterize hyperactivity in the brain of FIV-infected cats as a model for HIV neurotoxicity



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 2018 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award: 


 Dr. Philip Fox, Animal Medical Center, New York, NY