Expert review ensures excellent research.
Morris Animal Foundation’s unique appeal is that we join the head (scientific research) with the heart (love for animals). Our elite animal health scientists donate their time to carefully review the hundreds of outstanding requests for animal health study funding we receive each year.
Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Carlos Rodriguez, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology), University of California-Davis
Expertise/research interests: oncology, pharmacology, chemotherapy, and inhalation chemotherapy for osteosarcoma.
Michael H. Court, BVSc, PhD, DACVA, Washington State University
Expertise/research interests: clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism, pharmacogenetics and anesthesiology.
B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DSAS(ST), DECVS, DACVS, North Carolina State University
Expertise/research interests: surgery, clinical measurement of acute and chronic pain, understanding the basis of pain in animals, and alleviation of pain in animals.
Sue VandeWoude, DVM, DACLAM, Colorado State University
Expertise/research interests: feline immunodeficiency virus in both domestic and non-domestic cats and diseases and management practices in laboratory animal/comparative medicine.
Margret L. Casal, Dr. med. vet, PhD, Dipl. ECAR, University of Pennsylvania
Expertise/research interests: veterinary genetics, pediatrics, reproduction and the genetic characterization of canine skin disorders.
Timothy Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology), University of Illinois
Expertise/research interests: oncology, novel therapies for slowing cancer and associated discomfort caused by canine osteosarcoma.
Melissa Paoloni, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
Expertise/research interests: oncology, clinical trial design and novel drug development studies.
Jane E. Sykes, BVSc (Hons), PhD, DACVIM, University of California, Davis
Expertise/research interests: Clinical infectious diseases of dogs and cats, zoonoses, novel pathogen discovery, immune-mediated diseases.
Kate Meurs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, North Carolina State University
Expertise/research interests: Genetics of cardiovascular disease, veterinary genetics
Ellen M. Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, Auburn University
Expertise/research interests: canine and feline endocrinology, especially canine adrenal function and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease.)
Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Beth Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Kansas State University
Expertise/research interests: internal medicine, equine immunology, effective vaccine strategies, and pharmacology.
George Barrington, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Washington State University
Expertise/research interests: internal medicine, immunology, diagnostics, and vaccine development.
Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Cornell University
Expertise/research interests: surgery, cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of arthritis and treatment and prevention of arthritis
David E. Freeman, MVB, PhD, DACVS, University of Florida
Expertise/research interests: surgery, diseases and surgery of the equine gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tracts, specifically colic, and surgical methods and aftercare.
Susan Holcombe, VMD, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC, Michigan State University
Expertise/research interests: surgery, emergency and critical care, upper respiratory tract physiology, and sepsis and endotoxemia in horses.
Cyprianna Swiderski, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Mississippi State University
Expertise/research interests: internal medicine, molecular mechanisms of disease, ultrasonographic imaging, neonatology, lameness, and immunology.
James N. MacLeod, VMD, PhD, Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky
Expertise/research interests: articular cartilage, cell biology of chondrocytes, genetic determinants of inherited and acquired musculoskeletal diseases
Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Bruce A. Rideout, DVM, PhD, DACVP, San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research
Expertise/research interests: pathology, epidemiology of infectious diseases, avian embryonic and neonatal pathology, and disease risk assessment for translocation and reintroduction programs.
P.K. Robbins, DVM, MRCVS, San Diego Zoo
Expertise/research interests: zoo veterinarian, clinical issues of zoo animals and gibbon reproduction.
Damien Joly, PhD, Wildlife Conservation Society, Canada
Expertise/research interests: epidemiology, infectious diseases – specifically tuberculosis and brucellosis, chronic wasting disease and avian influenza.
William Swanson, DVM, PhD, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Expertise/research interests: reproduction specialist, small exotic cats and reproductive physiology of endangered wild cat species.
Tracey Goldstein, PhD, University of California/Davis
Expertise/research interests: marine animal specialist, infectious and non-infectious disease in marine mammal populations.
Carol Meteyer, DVM, DACVP, United States Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center
Expertise/research interests: diagnostic pathology and disease surveillance, white nose syndrome in bats, pathology in birds
Thierry Work, DVM, MPVM, United States Geological Survey, Wildlife Disease Specialist/Field & Lab Research
Expertise/research interests: epizootiology, pathology, diseases of sea turtles, coral reefs, reef fish and birds
Marcy Uhart, DVM, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society
Expertise/research interests: wildlife field veterinarian, avian infectious disease, environmental impacts on wildlife and disease
Animal Welfare Advisory Board
Chair: Bernard Rollin, PhD, Colorado State University
Expertise/research interests: bioethicist and leading expert on animal rights and animal consciousness.
Elise Lee Wear, MS, Eden Prairie, MN
Expertise/research interests: Morris Animal Foundation major donor and retired nurse.
Jeffrey Wyatt, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, University of Rochester
Expertise/research interests: Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a member of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) accreditation committee.
Andrew Rowan, PhD, Humane Society of the United States
Expertise/research interests: President and CEO of Humane Society International, and serves as Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer for The HSUS.