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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.