The gift will expand the OFA's support of educational grants through CHF's Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF)—a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the health of dogs and their owners— received a $60,000 donation from its long-time corporate partner the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
"The OFA has considered CHF a valued partner since its inception. We are particularly pleased that this year's contribution will support both ongoing research efforts as well as the next generation of scientists through the Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program," expressed Eddie Dziuk, MS, OFA chief operating officer, in an organizational release.
The OFA funds will build on its support of educational grants through CHF's Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program. Additionally, the gift will help fund research into genetic mutations that impact a dog's ability to break down commonly used anesthetic and chemotherapy drugs (CHF Grant 02529: Understanding the Genetics of Adverse Drug Reactions in Sighthounds: Phase II).
According to the release, the OFA has currently supported 4 fellows at accredited institutions nationwide, most recently supporting Rachel Brady, DVM, at Colorado State University, as she studies cell models for cancers that affect both people and dogs through her fellowship.
The OFA has donated more than $650,000 in support of CHF's health research and educational grants since CHF’s inception in 1995. The 2 organizations united to develop the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)—a centralized database of canine health information and DNA repository which offers a ready resource of canine samples for genetic studies funded through CHF.
"We will always be grateful for the OFA's support," expressed Darin Collins, DVM, CHF chief executive officer. "Through long-term, collaborative relationships such as the one shared between the OFA and CHF, we can really make a difference in the health of all dogs."
AKC Canine Health Foundation receives $60,000 gift from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. News release. AKC Canine Health Foundation. March 1, 2022. Accessed March 1, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/akc-canine-health-foundation-receives-60-000-gift-from-the-orthopedic-foundation-for-animals-301490571.html