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Creating a Healthier Tomorrow for Animals® in 2010

Morris Animal Foundation funded nearly 300 animal health and welfare studies in 2010. Many of them will help companion animals, horses and wildlife worldwide enjoy longer, healthier lives. Our funding helped scientists:



  1. Discover that the drug liposomal clodronate provides antitumor benefits for soft-tissue sarcomas in dogs and is safe to administer intravenously on a weekly basis.
  2. Identify genetic differences between normal, reactive and cancerous feline tissues. Understanding these differences will help lead to new methods for early detection and treatment of cancer in cats.
  3. Identify the genetic mutation that causes lavender foal syndrome and develop a simple, noninvasive test to detect adult carriers and foals afflicted with the syndrome.
  4. Mentor 73 veterinary students who worked on health studies to improve the lives of animals.
  5. Validate an effective curriculum for training veterinary surgeons that will maximize the benefit and minimize the risks associated with laparoscopic surgery in pets.
  6. Identify common symptoms of feline herpesvirus in captive cheetahs and develop management recommendations to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
  7. Learn how equine influenza spreads to dogs. Information from this study will be vital for identifying antiviral drugs to combat influenza viruses and for developing canine influenza vaccines to protect dogs.
  8. Determine ways to reduce the spread of upper respiratory infection, one of the primary reasons that shelter cats are euthanized.
  9. Improve understanding of equine anesthesia management and develop safer, more effective ways to anesthetize horses.
  10. Develop a new method of artificial insemination (AI) for the highly endangered Przewalski’s horse. This information will improve long-term management of these horses and has promoted AI research in other endangered equids.
  11. Develop a genetic tool that contains thousands of genetic markers found in the feline genome and will help scientists identify the genetic bases of feline diseases.
  12. Investigate the transmission of canine viruses between African wild and domestic dog populations and determine more effective vaccination strategies that could improve the chances of species survival for African wild dogs.

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Posted by MAFon December 10, 2010.

Categories: Animal studies, Animal welfare, Animal health


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