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Happy Volunteer Week: Meet Our Scientists

Morris Animal Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Boards Provide the Highest Level of Volunteer Expertise

Pictured: Dr. Sue VandeWoude, chair of the small animal scientific advisory board. 

As a global leader in animal health science, Morris Animal Foundation relies upon the support of many people: pet owners, animal lovers, veterinarians and researchers. We couldn’t fulfill our mission to advance animal health without our scientific advisory boards, whose members voluntarily contribute their knowledge and expertise to research grant reviews. By drawing upon the best and brightest minds in veterinary medicine and research, Morris Animal Foundation taps a credentialed volunteer base second to none.

For more than 65 years, Morris Animal Foundation has been funding research grants to advance animal health. A rigorous selection process helps ensure funding of the very best science, and the scientific advisory boards are critical to this process. We receive hundreds of proposals each year from animal health researchers worldwide, which members of our scientific advisory boards—small animal, large animal and wildlife—thoroughly evaluate based on the Foundation’s rigorous criteria.

“These experts in their respective fields donate their time and extensive knowledge to help ensure the Foundation is funding state-of-the-art research that fills the knowledge gap and pushes forward improvements in animal health,” says Dr. Diane Brown, Morris Animal Foundation’s chief scientific officer.The grant review process is robust and requires an extraordinary amount of time and dedication from the advisory board members. For the past fiscal year alone, this group collectively volunteered more than 3,500 hours of their time to the grant review process, which amounted to more than $700,000 of in-kind donations. 

Morris Animal Foundation truly values our scientific advisory boards.

“They help ensure that every dollar spent by the Foundation is spent thoughtfully and offers the greatest chance of producing useful, relevant information. And they do all of this as volunteers. We are forever in their debt,” says Tobie McPhail, director of scientific programs at Morris Animal Foundation.  


Categories: Animal health
April 11, 2014