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Veterinary Students Make the Most of the Summer Months

August 20, 2014

Beginning in 2005, Morris Animal Foundation launched the Veterinary Student Scholars Program, which encourages veterinary students to pursue research careers. The program provides students with summer stipends so they can focus entirely on a project of their own design, while working with a mentor at their respective veterinary colleges.

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Javan Rhinoceros: Working Together to Save a Species

August 15, 2014

We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Did you know it also takes a village to save a species from extinction? Groups of skilled researchers, wildlife managers and government officials working together with organizations, such as Morris Animal Foundation are all needed to ensure species survival. The Javan rhinoceros is one such species that needs help from the research village.

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POSTED IN: Animal studies


Indy Dog Lovers Unite to Fight Canine Cancer

August 11, 2014

Dog lovers in Indianapolis are gearing up for the Indy K9 Cancer Walk on Saturday, September 13, at Eagle Creek Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit Morris Animal Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance veterinary medicine for animals. Registration is now open at www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org/indywalk. All animal lovers are encouraged to join.

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Training Grant Helps Student Pursue Her Passion

August 8, 2014

Audrey is currently participating in a Morris Animal Foundation training program that helps aspiring veterinary oncology researchers pursue new avenues in veterinary cancer care at Colorado State University. Her journey to this program began 10 years ago after her first child, Aidan, was born with a rare but fatal birth defect.

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Our Foundation: Then and Now

August 6, 2014

You can learn a lot about about an organization by combing through its’ historical archives. We know that Morris Animal Foundation today is a global leader in funding animal health studies, but what was our role 66 years ago when we first began?

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POSTED IN: Veterinary news


Lymphoma and Your Pet: Attend our Webinar

August 4, 2014

Lymphoma is a common and well-known type of human cancer. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common cancers diagnosed in dogs and cats. Do you know enough to recognize this disease in your pet?

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Being in the Study Has Made Me a Better Dog Owner

August 1, 2014

Susan Marie runs a small Golden Retriever rescue and says she’s been rescuing all kinds of animals pretty much since she could walk. Other than one recent 6-month period over the past 40 years, she says, “I have never been without a Golden since my first.”

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High-Status Chimps Could Help Prevent Disease Spread

July 28, 2014

No other species is closer to humans than the chimpanzee, which shares 95 to 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Like us, they live in family units and create complex social communities. Also like us, their close interactions with one another can lead to illness.

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Chance to Help Improve the Lives of Dogs

July 24, 2014

In May 2013, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Lily, had been diagnosed with oral cancer. As the family struggled to come to terms with Lily’s diagnosis, their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, died suddenly six weeks later from hemangiosarcoma. Lily spiraled into a deep depression and succumbed to her disease on September 11, less than three months after Max’s passing.

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POSTED IN: Animal health


The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative

July 24, 2014

Everyone knows that having animals in our lives is good for us. It is a foregone conclusion, right? What could be better for us than having a furry head to scratch, having a dog (or cat) to walk, or just seeing a wild animal running free? These are all manifestations of the human-animal bond, but the surprising truth is that there is actually very little hard data that says animals are good for our health. That may not sound very important. After all, who needs data when so many of us already “know” it for a fact?

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Students Learn Lessons in Cooking and Giving

July 21, 2014

Earlier this year, Morris Animal Foundation received a generous donation of $233 from the students, families and staff of Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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Study Offers Hope for Horses with Melanoma

July 18, 2014

The tumor starts like so many skin cancers do: a small black bump on the skin. It is easy to overlook, since it isn’t irritating, oozing or interfering with movement. Slowly, the tumor grows, but much of the growth occurs below the skin. Over time the tumor is noted but doesn't seem a cause for concern; if it is growing so slowly, how could it be a problem? Then one day, doctors discover the tumor is much bigger than previously thought and has spread throughout the body.

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We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

July 16, 2014

The sounds of “Happy New Year” have been heard ringing throughout the Morris Animal Foundation office in Denver recently. Before you suggest we double check our calendars, let me explain...

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Remembering Helps Heal the Heart

July 14, 2014

Do you remember the first time you lost a beloved pet? I bet you do. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many losses you’ve suffered, dealing with a faithful companion’s death is never easy.

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Working to Preserve the World’s Coral

July 11, 2014

Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful, oldest and most diverse ecosystems on our planet, but they are dying throughout the world because of human impact. The reef- building corals in the Caribbean show the greatest signs of disease-related decline.

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POSTED IN: Wildlife health


Cancer: a Real Threat to Pets

July 9, 2014

Cancer poses a very serious threat to all of our pets. Six million new pet cancer diagnoses are made every year, and countless families experience the devastating effects of this deadly disease...

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Study Sheds New Light on Feline Blood Disorder

July 2, 2014

Determining the meaning behind feline blood test results is often a challenge. Especially difficult for veterinarians can be trying to interpret why a cat has lymphocytosis, a condition in which the numbers of lymphocytes (one type of white blood cell) increase beyond the normal range.

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POSTED IN: Animal studies


Ways for You to #UniteToFight Against Pet Cancer

July 2, 2014

Morris Animal Foundation is excited to continue our fight against pet cancer with our ongoing Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign! Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats worldwide. Hopefully, you’ve already downloaded our free pet cancer guides. If not, take a moment to do so now. By arming yourself with the knowledge in our guides, you take an important step in learning how to protect your pet...

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Morris Animal Foundation Has Brazil on the Brain

July 1, 2014

The eyes of the world have been fixed upon Brazil and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as nations from around the world send teams to compete for soccer’s, or rather football’s, crown jewel. Morris Animal Foundation has also sent teams to Brazil in the past. One team in particular used our funding to study the health of the maned wolf, South America’s largest canid.

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Why Do Brood Mares Develop Colic?

June 30, 2014

Any mother knows that giving birth is a painful process, but imagine if shortly afterwards, your bowel twisted, causing you excruciating pain?

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POSTED IN: Animal studies