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AVMF Supports Animal Health Research

AVMF Grants

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For over 55 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to its mission of developing resources to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.

Understanding that animal health research is crucial to the future of veterinary medicine, the Foundation currently supports research through:

  • Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation / AVMF Research Grants
  • Student Research Fellowship
  • AVMA / AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research Scholarships
  • EveryCat Health Foundation / AVMF Research Award

Since its founding in 1963, AVMF has maintained its commitment to research, education, disaster relief and animal welfare in support of the veterinary medical specialty.

For more information visit www.AVMF.org.

Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation Grant


AVMF Grants

The Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF) and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) are non-profit organizations that have partnered to fund research grants with a focus on veterinary pharmacology. This funding will support research into new or currently approved medications for combating diseases and conditions of companion and food animals as well as projects that ensure the safety of food products from treated livestock. These areas have historically been underfunded by traditional granting agencies.

Eligibility for Veterinary Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetic Grants

Any clinician or scientist with an interest in veterinary pharmacology is eligible to serve as Principal Investigator. Collaboration with pharmacology researchers who are members or student members of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics as well as members or student members of the American Veterinary Medical Association is strongly encouraged.

Grant Summary

Two types of grant applications will be considered each year: Veterinary Pharmacology proposals for up to $30,000 and Veterinary Pharmacokinetic proposals for up to $15,000.

Veterinary Pharmacology Grant: Submitted proposals should address one or more of the following aspects of veterinary medicine:

  • Studies focused on evaluating the safety and effectiveness of novel or existing drug therapies for veterinary species
  • Developing and validating models of animal diseases or conditions to evaluate drug effectiveness
  • Ensuring that a safe food supply is not compromised by drug treatment
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) studies to understand the relationship between drug exposure and drug effect or safety
  • Studies to evaluate mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in veterinary species

Veterinary Pharmacokinetic Grant:

    Studies focused on descriptive pharmacokinetic (PK) studies in veterinary species that will help define dosing regimens or enable future drug effectiveness evaluations or clinical trials

Applicants may request up to the total amount for a period not to exceed two years. All grant recipients will be required to submit a final summary report within three months after the last funded date of the project.

About the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation

The Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation was founded in 2007 by the governing bodies of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP).

By combining resources, these organizations were able to focus on funding for:

    Growth and innovation in the development of new veterinary therapeutics
  • Evaluation of drugs for treatment of animal diseases
  • Increasing the number of trained researchers in veterinary pharmacology

To date, VPRF has funded nearly $500,000 in research funding and awarded 28 research grants.

For more information visit https://www.vprfonline.org/.

Important Dates

Call for Proposals: July 15, 2024
Deadline Date: September 15, 2024
Decision Date: January 15, 2025

Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation Student Fellowship

AVMF Grants

Fellowship Overview

The Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF) and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) are non-profit organizations that have partnered to fund student fellowships with a focus on veterinary pharmacology. This serves VPRF’s long-term goal of increasing the number and quality of trained veterinary pharmacology researchers. Priority will be given to those students who plan to have a career in veterinary pharmacology research for the benefit of veterinary species.

Eligibility for Veterinary Pharmacology Fellowship

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program (MS or PhD) for at least one year at time of application and be in good standing.
  • Must be enrolled in an US based acafdemic institution.
  • Student must be a current member of AAVPT
  • The student’s academic institution, faculty mentor, and one reference must provide letters of support.

Fellowship Summary

One recipient will be selected and awarded up to $10,000. The grant will fund a one-year fellowship to support training, professional travel, stipends or other scholarly activities for a veterinary pharmacology graduate student (masters or PhD). The student must be enrolled in a university graduate program at the time the application is submitted.

What can funds be used for:
  • Professional Travel for related to: Conferences focused on professional development, training courses and workshops
  • Visiting other labs for training
  • Membership dues to scientific societies, or organizations
  • Publication costs for publications on which they are an author (capped at $1000)
  • Software, particularly PK or PK/PD software
  • Books related to pharmacology
  • Other scholarly activities
  • Graduate Student stipend
What funds cannot be used for:
  • VISA applications
  • University indirect costs
  • Tuition or student fees
  • Funding for animal research or benchtop research
  • Equipment except for software
  • Purchase of new computer or tablet
  • Personal travel not related to training
  • Items that are not described in the fellowship application

Important Dates

Call for Proposals: June 1, 2024
Deadline Date: August 15, 2024
Decision Date: September 30, 2024


1. Register

Click on the "Register" button located on the right side of the page to complete and submit the registration form.

2. Log in

Login to the application with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online application, filling in mandatory fields and uploading required documents.

4. Save

Before the submission deadline, your application can be saved as a DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is completed, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, submit your Application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If you need to make changes to either a DRAFT or FINAL application, you may update and resave as FINAL at any time prior to the submission deadline.

6. Acknowledgement of Receipt

Upon submission of the final proposal, the Principal Investigator will receive a confirmation email from AVMF.

Contact Us

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Contact: Gabby Uresti, Assistant Director, Programs and Operations
Phone: 1-847-285-6709
Email:   guresti@avma.org
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