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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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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 will be accepted September 15 - November 15.

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 Available

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 grant applications are now being accepted. Click here to enter the AVMF Grants portal.

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 2017 Early Investigator Awards:

First Place:  Dr. Meghan Vermillion

Modeling Congenital Zika Virus (ZIKV) Infection in Immunocompetent Mice
Second Place: Dr. Xuan Pan

Molecular Determinants for Polycomb Group Protein YY1 Control of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Quiescence
Third Place: Dr. Zachary Freeman

Immune Checkpoints Are Discordantly Regulated by Chromatic Remodeling


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

Genetic Determinants of Atrial Fibrillation in Irish Wolfhounds


Courtney Rousse
North Carolina State University

Investigation of Quantitative Trait Loci in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with Chiari-like Malformations and Syringomyelia

Kim Haight
University of Georgia

Combined Nanoparticle and Neural Stem Cell Therapies in a Pig Model of Stroke

Courtney Smith
Texas A&M University

Next-generation Panfungal Sequencing of Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded Tissues for Improved Identification of Fungal Pathogens

Rachel McMahon
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Obesity Promotes Breast Tumor Development and Metastases in an Immunocompetent Mouse Model



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 2017 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award: 

Dr. Duncan Lascelles
North Carolina State University

Dr. Lascelles is well known for his research in the areas of pain recognition, pain control and chronic pain management in the cat, particularly as they relate to feline degenerative joint disease. Much of his research focuses on improving the ways veterinarians recognize pain in feline patients and developing unique pain management strategies and therapeutic options.


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