New veterinary research fellowship celebrates renowned canine oncologist


Aims to support future generations of veterinary oncologists

Morris Animal Foundation recently created a veterinary research fellowship, the Dr Rodney Page Fellowship in Canine Oncology, in honor of Rodney Page, DVM, MS, a well-known veterinary oncologist and original principal investigator of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Page has worked with Morris Animal Foundation for over 30 years, and the goal of the fellowship is “to support and empower the next generation of canine oncology researchers, ensuring a lasting legacy of excellence,” according to an organizational release.1

“I am humbled to have my name associated with this special award,” expressed Page.1 “I am confident that generations of veterinary oncology scientists will continue to make significant discoveries in the fight against cancer in dogs.”

The fellowship was presented at the foundation’s 75th-anniversary celebration on June 15, 2023, by Bette Morris, Morris Animal Foundation Trustee Emeritus. The fellowship will be granted annually in line with Morris Animal Foundation’s yearly request for canine health proposals.

A fourth-generation Coloradan, Page achieved a veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He completed an oncology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, then helped develop the comparative veterinary oncology program at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Page is a founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and was chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.1

In 2010, Page went back to Colorado as director of Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center. He volunteered to serve in a leadership role for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since it was started.

“Dr Page is a pioneer in the field of oncology, and his work has had a profound impact on the lives of countless dogs,” said Tiffany Grunert, president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation.1 “This fellowship is a fitting tribute to his unwavering dedication and commitment to improving the lives of dogs with cancer.”


New fellowship honors longtime canine oncologist. News release. Morris Animal Foundation. June 29, 2023.Accessed July 10, 2023.

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