Morris Animal Foundation establishes its first canine advisory board

April 28, 2021
dvm360 Staff

Before 2020, when the foundation tested this concept, grants for both canine and feline studies were approved by a Small Animal Advisory Board.

The Morris Animal Foundation—one of the largest nonprofits funding animal health studies internationally—recently established its first canine scientific advisory board (CSAB) to help award grants for dog health-related research each year. This announcement follows launch of the Feline Scientific Advisory Board (FSAB) late last month.

“For so many people including my family, life just wouldn’t be the same without our dogs. They deserve to have their own focus in our annual call for proposals,” says Janet Patterson-Kane BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, Morris Animal Foundation chief scientific officer, in an organizational release. “We are proud to bring together this group of canine health experts who will ensure we choose the best studies to help give dogs the longest, healthiest lives possible.”

According to the release, CSAB is 1 of 6 scientific advisory boards at the foundation and is comprised of 10 veterinary professionals who share diverse backgrounds in scientific specialties and species expertise. The boards evaluate hundreds of grant proposals annually and provide recommendations for which ones to fund based on scientific merit and the potential to save lives, preserve health, and raise the standard of veterinary care.

The founding members of the CSAB are:

  • Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
  • Josh Daniels, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Bacteriology)
  • Amy Durham, MS, VMD
  • Brian Flesner, MS, DVM, DACVIM-Oncology
  • Matthew Krecic, MS, MBA, Diplomate ACVIM
  • Talisha Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Jacqueline Neilson, DVM, DACVB
  • Carlos Souza, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVS
  • Jan Suchodolski, MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM
  • Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PHD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP

For more information about the Morris Animal Foundation and the CSAB, visit their website.