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Road to Hope: Allen Byrne

Morris Animal Foundation’s Road to Hope blog series follows staff members as they canvass the country sharing our mission with veterinarians, partners and donors.

Thousands of veterinarians, technicians, students and industry leaders. Five conferences. Five cities. Three months. One Foundation. 

When Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. established Morris Animal Foundation in 1948, he envisioned a world in which scientific discoveries would transform the health of animals. Our goal today remains the same as it was then: to improve the health and well-being of animals worldwide. Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. We’ve funded more than 2,000 health studies, many of which have led to breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures that help veterinarians and their teams provide the very best in animal health care.

As a Foundation, we continue to advance veterinary medicine and provide veterinarians with the tools they need to provide outstanding care while filling the knowledge gap for animal health

Recently, our Veterinary Outreach and Canine Lifetime Health Study teams concluded a busy and productive 2014 veterinary conference season. Events included the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, Florida; the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio; the American Animal Hospital Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee; and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium hosted by Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

The Foundation hosted a series of symposia at NAVC in January and WVC in February, featuring Dr. Mike Lappin and Dr. Craig Webb of Colorado State University, and Dr. Jaime Modiano of the University of Minnesota. All three are recipients of Morris Animal Foundation research grants. Each researcher gave an insightful and revealing lecture on topics ranging from inflammatory bowel disease and chronic kidney disease in cats to cancer in dogs. Also, Morris Animal Foundation President/CEO Dr. David Haworth gave exciting updates about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

In addition to symposia, staff, volunteers and some of our four-legged canine friends hosted booths in each respective exhibit hall, thus providing an opportunity for veterinary practitioners, technicians, students and industry leaders to learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and the research it funds, including the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

“Attendance of Foundation staff at national and regional veterinary conferences allows us to directly reach the veterinary community, providing them with resources and opportunities to further great science for animal health,” says Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer Diane Brown.

The Morris Animal Foundation Road to Hope continues this spring as we host a booth at the American Veterinary Medical Association conference in Denver, travel to New York for the Merial Summer Scholars Symposium at Cornell University, and attend  other regional veterinary and scientific meetings and conferences.

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Categories: Animal health
March 28, 2014